Tesla launches Supercharger V3 with '1000mi/hr' charge rate


Tesla's Supercharging V3, announced last night, charges the Model 3 at a rate of up to 1,000 miles per hour (temporarily), or what Tesla says can gain you as much as 75 miles of range in five minutes.

"Supercharger stations with V3's new power electronics are created to enable any owner to charge at the full power their battery can take - no more splitting power with a vehicle in the stall next to you", the company says.

Tesla said early March it's rolling out new technology that will cut typical recharging times for its electric vehicles to about 15 minutes.

Tesla has released the details of its V3 Supercharging network, the third generation of the company's charging infrastructure that promises rates up to 1000 miles per hour.

The first beta test V3 chargers are now in operation in California, near Tesla's headquarters, and work on the first full sites will begin in April.

V3 is a completely new architecture for Supercharging. Design-wise, V3 Superchargers look the same as V2, but come with a thicker charging cable.

Tesla adds that all its V2 Superchargers will be upgraded imminently, too, giving 145kW charge rates. The Model Y SUV, due to be revealed next week, will likely also be able to use the system because it shares technical elements with the Model 3 saloon. Tesla reckons charge times will be halved based on its own modelling of Tesla fleet data.

The first non-beta V3 Superchargers will break ground next month in the USA, with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions to follow in the fourth quarter of the year.

For now, Tesla has opened the one public beta V3 Supercharger in Fremont, California.

The good news for Tesla owners doesn't end there, though. It will also increase Model S and X charging speeds via software updates over the coming months.

The Supercharger network already has more than 12,000 charge points across North America, Europe, and Asia.