Tesla announces it will build more powerful Superchargers

The new V3 superchargers use a thinner cable than the V2 but the plugs remain the same. Source Tesla

Tesla says that, on average, V3 Supercharging will halve the amount of time its customers spend charging to about 15 minutes.

Tesla gave the example of a Model 3 Long Range that can have 75 miles of range added in five minutes; around 1,000 miles of charge per hour. A new feature called On-Route Battery Warmup heats the battery when the navigation is set to a Supercharger station, ensuring that the battery is at the optimal temperature to charge for reduced charge times.

While much of the enabling technology for this comes from the new cable design and a 1 megawatt Supercharger power cabinet, Tesla is updating the Model 3 as well to optimize itself pre-charge.

Once update, if the Tesla auto owner is on its way to the nearest Supercharger stations, the vehicle will intelligently heat the battery.

On Wednesday night, Tesla announced that it has developed a new, faster Supercharger for its electric vehicles.

However, since Tesla's Fremont, CA Supercharger is the only so-equipped charging station in the U.S. so far, chances are those batteries will already be rolling at pretty moderate temps. Tesla says that preconditioning the battery on the way to the Supercharging station will reduce the average charge time by 25%. The Model S and X also benefit once the EV maker updates software in the months to come.

Source Tesla
Source Tesla

Tesla plans to expand beyond the first beta charger next month, when it will break ground on the first public V3 Supercharger.

As Tesla's newest vehicle, the Model 3 is already created to suck in juice from the more powerful V3 Superchargers.

Tesla says "With thousands of new Superchargers coming online in 2019, the launch of V3, and other changes we're making to improve throughput, the Supercharger network will be able to serve more than 2x more vehicles per day at the end of 2019 compared with today - easily keeping pace with our 2019 fleet growth".

Europe and the Asia-Pacific will then follow in Q4; Tesla Australia has been contacted for a more definite timeline but at this time have not yet been able to comment.

Also new in a firmware update (2019.7.11) for Model 3 owners is "Summon with Key Fob", which lets owners "move your Model 3 in and out of a parking space from outside the vehicle using a paired key fob".

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