Tesla V3 Supercharging upgrade announced with 250kW

Tesla has announced a new generation of Supercharger technology, capable of adding 75 miles of range in five minutes

Tesla has announced the arrival of its new V3 Supercharging technology, which will see charging speeds of up to 250kW added to its Supercharger network over the next 12 months.

V3 Supercharging – which has evolved from the company’s grid-connected battery project in Australia – is expected to cut current charging times by as much as 50%.

Tesla says the new Model 3 Long Range could see 75 miles of range added in as little as five minutes, with a peak rate equating to 1,000 miles added per hour.

The company believes a typical visit to a Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes, allowing stations to serve more than twice as many owners per day.

Tesla has also announced a new On-Route Battery Warmup feature: now, when drivers navigate to a Supercharger, their vehicle will “intelligently heat the battery” so it arrives at an optimum temperature for charging. This alone will cut charging times by as much as 25%, the company claims.

The first beta V3 Supercharger has opened in San Francisco, and can be accessed by members of Tesla’s Early Access Programme. Tesla says thousands of new Supercharger stations are set to come online in 2019, with the first V3 sites in Europe opening in the latter stages of the year.

V3 Superchargers will come with a new type of cable (above, left) to replace the standard V2 cable (above, right), although owners should note that the plug shape remains the same.

Meanwhile, Model S and Model X owners will see their maximum charging speeds increased via over-the-air updates in the coming months. As such, more than 12,000 existing V2 stations will be upgraded to provide up to 145kW charging.

Elsewhere, charging provider IONITY continues to roll out its 350kW fast-charging network across Europe. Speaking to DrivingElectric at the Geneva Motor Show, company CEO Michael Hajesch said 46 stations would be live in the UK by 2020.