Here’s A Look At Tesla’s New Supercharger V3 In Action: Video

MAR 7 2019 BY EVANNEX 36


Recall when Apple first introduced its iPod. The tagline was: 1,000 songs in your pocket. Now, Tesla is introducing its new V3 Superchargers. There’s lots of factoids to cover with V3. But, perhaps a good place to start might be: V3 charges at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour.

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According to Tesla, “A new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to our utility-scale products supports peak rates of up to 250kW per car. At this rate, a Model 3 Long Range operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour.”

Above: One small visible difference between V3 and V2 superchargers is a slightly thinner cable (Image: Electrek)

In essence, Tesla has triangulated three major improvements, “higher peak power with V3, dedicated vehicle power allocation across Supercharger sites, and On-Route Battery Warmup [which ultimately] enables customers to charge in half the time and Tesla to serve more than twice the number of customers per hour.”

How will this improve Tesla’s ability to supercharge its ever-growing fleet? The company 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.”

Above: Tesla’s rollout for access with V3 will start with Model 3 and progress to S and X vehicles (Instagram: modelxpdx)

So what are the key takeaways here? At the end of the day, “V3 Supercharging will ultimately cut the amount of time customers spend charging by an average of 50%, as modeled on our fleet data.” With V3, Tesla anticipates, “the typical charging time at a V3 Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes.”


Source: TeslaElectrekTesla Raj

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36 Comments on "Here’s A Look At Tesla’s New Supercharger V3 In Action: Video"

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The Supercharging network is the absolute game changer between Tesla and everyone else. V3 just increases the gap. The vehicle is only half the equation, the other is not only the speed at which it can be recharged, but LOCATIONS in which to do so. This is where Tesla “gets it” compared to all the other Jaguars, Audi’s, Porsches, Nissans, GM’s, etc, who don’t quite grasp the importance of more than just the car. They still believe that all charging is created equal, and nothing could be further from the truth.

I think the other manufacturers you quoted “get it” :-). One of the reasons VWAG is not rushing to get EVs into production may be to allow them to build out the CCS charging network.

That may be true, it has to be something. But the “not getting it” part is the lack of understanding between CCS and the Tesla product. And as much as folks here simply label folks like me as a Tesla homer (new replacement word for fanboy), there’s a huge difference between the CCS network functionality, reliability, charging speed, and availability for the foreseeable future.

Can you explain clearly those differences?

Sure, here goes: 1) Tesla proprietary DC Supercharging network is consistent from Los Angeles to Dallas, TX, to Philadelphia, PA. You know what you’re gonna get in terms of consistency, kinda like how McDonalds doesn’t vary. The fact that Tesla controls and owns the network means there’s oversight and maintenance at a high level, it’s important that the network runs and is reliable. The same can’t be said from the Electrify America network. 2) Average charging speed of the Supercharging network is 120 kW, soon to be bumped to 145 kW. Average speed of charging for EA is between 50 kW – 100 kW (average). 3) Availability: Supercharging network has (as of today) almost 1500 locations with almost 13,000 charging stalls. To be fair, that’s global. Electrify America appears to have about 240 locations in the United States with 3-4 stalls per location. Look up both maps and the coverages aren’t even close with a huge advantage to the Supercharging network. While EA grows it’s network, so does the Supercharging network. I don’t see it passing the Supercharging network in size any time soon. I’m sure I’ll be refuted on that one, but considering there’s multiple 40-stall locations, EA better… Read more »

Actually VW is not building any charging network – Their money are as a way of punishment, but that is not controlled by VW.

VAG isn’t building out CCS as a strategic decision as part of their EV strategy. They are building out stations in the US are part of a settlement agreement, and they are actively lobbying the current US administration to gut that settlement agreement.

I think some of them get it. (See: Ionity)
They just realized it very late and now it takes time to catch up.

Yep. Infrastructure buildout is like comedy and sex: Timing is everything.

Ionity isn’t much use in the U.S. For now, it’s a Euro only company.

I agree. The one thing that frustrates me as a Bolt driver is the public fast charging infrastructure. It’s not just that there aren’t many stations (though this is improving), it’s the hodgepodge placement of many of the ones we do have, and the lack of consistent reliability. Tesla’s early and strategic planning paid off, and we are now seeing the results. CCS may catch up, but it’s not going to be any time soon.

I want to see it do 1k mph charging for even 5 minutes!! While the charger might do it, unlikely even new Tesla can take 250kw for long, if at all. The older ones certainly can’t as couldn’t even take 120kw for more than a few minutes at best.
I do agree with Musk anything over 250kwh is just silly for cars.
That they are bringing it out means the new Tesla EVs and the cells, battery, connections have been upgraded to handle a lot more. Again Tesla takes the lead.
How has the 3 done in kw and how fast it cuts back on present SC?

“anything over 250kwh is just silly for cars.”

Not at all silly with better batteries.

I wonder if v3 will do 800V? I could see them going to 800 on S/X.

@Jeery Dycus said: “…While the charger might do it, unlikely even new Tesla can take 250kw for long, if at all…”

My understanding is that with V3 chargers all existing Model 3 fleet will be able to accept the 1,000miles/hr up to the first ~25% of the battery then start to tapper down from there… net result is being able to charge to 80% in half of the current time… a significant improvement.

The significant Tesla one-more-thing news is that *all* existing Tesla Superchargers (12,000+) will very soon be receiving OTA updates to allow charging (all existing Model 3; most Model S, & all Model X) at a higher peek rate (145k) resulting in ~25% lower charge time.

How long does it take right now to get to 80% on a Model 3?

Also, I already calculated the average charge rate between 0 and 80%, and it is 125kW. This means that the taper is very, very significant (and by 80% you are charging much, much lower than 125kW, around 50kW based on the graph on Elektrek). It’s still pretty good, but worse than the e-tron (150kW average between 0 and 80%, and still 150kW at 80%). Of course the e-tron is a much heavier and less aerodynamic vehicle, so the Model 3 is still adding more kilometres per hour.

It takes me 35 minutes to go from 50 miles (16%) to 250 miles (81%). The peak rate was 118kW.

What are you driving?

He has a Model 3.

The new power cabinets are 1MW.

What about the current power cabinets?

Are they 300 KW?

Current v2 are 145kW.

Model 3 “75 miles of charge in 5 minutes”
Accroding to a Model 3 charging article, the 3 takes 256W of charging power per mile of range gained.
So 75*256*(60/5)=230kW.
Pretty good, but for how many minutes can it charge at this rate and in which range of SoC?

Why are you posting old news that’s unrelated to the article? Does it have troll value?

I’m curious about the 22% who did not order online. Why didn’t they? Impulse buy after visiting the store or did they need “hand holding” to help them understand?

“Tesla does it – up to 250 kW”

What’s so special about it?

News Flash: Porsche and other high-end EVs will charge at up to 350-400 kW using CCS 2.0.

PS: The chargers are already in Europe (IONITY) and NA (E America and E Canada) with networks being built out over the coming months.

Special, because there’s actual Tesla while others are not even vapor, just gas.

Yes, that would be a fly in the ointment. Having a fast charger is only part of the equation, you must also have cars which can charge fast, and currently they aren’t any. But coming soon, maybe by the end of the year.

None of which are on the road or have been shown to actually handle 350kW.

And if they can handle 350kW, for how long? Up to 40%, 50%, 60% of battery capacity?

So, detail about the stand for the charging cable. Are they making all high rate SCs the grey color and all the older ones are white/red?

This is much too much of a jump in capability for existing Model 3 owners. Now my next car has to be a Tesla. How could I risk missing out on software updates that make my car smarter, quicker, and faster-charging? How would I feel if I bought a Bolt two weeks ago?

This is going to devastate non-Tesla EV sales for a while….

Well they went from no charging network to still having no charging network, to speak of, and Tesla’s got faster. So I have to agree with your assessment.

Given 90% of people charge at home this is good news, but I don’t think it’s going to change the world. CCS already has more chargers in the US capable of higher power. Granted the issue there is that there are no cars available capable of using them to their fullest.

I don’t think Tesla is done here is the issue. It would be an emotional rollercoaster to buy a non-Tesla and watch all the Teslas doing megacharging, self-driving pirouettes around my car while the Roadsters fly overhead in 2022.

Over the last 7 years, Tesla has built up a reputation of free post-release improvements that other automakers are going to have a hard time matching. I don’t believe for a second that Tesla will let anyone out-EV them for long.

Word of ADVICE for all video makers
SHOW us the product youre talking about, in this case Tesla SC..NOT your Ugly mug..!
Couldnt even watch half the vid bc of that krap
Plus HOLD the cam steady and stop panning spining it all around its fng anoying

While the 1000 miles per hour charge rate sounds great, it’ll be interesting to see how this tapers off over time and as the state of charge increases. None the less, all sounds promising and increased charge rate sounds awesome

We just wrote an article on that.