Tesla's third generation Supercharger cuts down charging times by half

Tesla's third generation Supercharger cuts down charging times by half

Said another way, the 15 minutes I spent at a Tesla urban Supercharger operating at 72 kW this afternoon would have given me a almost complete charge instead of the 72 miles of range that it added to my battery.

Tesla has launched its third-generation charging technology, known as Supercharger V3. The metric is a bit misleading, however, as the peak charge rate of 75 miles in 5 minutes presumably decreases to a slower pace as the battery gets closer to full capacity. Tesla says this will reduce average charging times by 25%. Now, Tesla says, its cars will adjust the temperature of the battery pack as the auto approaches the Supercharger to ensure optimal current flow.

The rollout of the V3 Supercharging network will take until the end of the year and allow twice as many cars each day to charge. Tesla says it will also soon be "unlocking" the 145-kw potential that many of its existing V2 Superchargers have always been capable of.

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Your Tesla when charging at a V3 Supercharger will indicate you're at a "high-usage Supercharger station" and note only a max battery charge of 80% is available. Although the rates are initially for Model 3, the company will boost Model S and Model X speeds "in the coming months".

Tesla says that it has 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia-and that 99 percent of the US population is covered by the charging network.

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