Tesla's new Supercharger V3 cuts charge times in half

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Thanks to the V3 Supercharger and other technical improvements, Tesla expects "the typical charging time at a V3 Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes".

At its peak, V3 can charge at rates of 1,000 miles per hour, and can top up a Model 3 Long Range with 75 miles of charge in five minutes.

That's not all, Tesla, in a bid to further decrease the average time spent on charging station, will release a software update with "On-Route Battery Warmup" feature to its cars.

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While the new V3 Superchargers peak at 250kW, they are built onto 1MW power cabinets that use a similar architecture to Tesla's utility-scale battery storage products.

An upcoming update will "prewarm" Tesla vehicle batteries when a driver draws near to a Supercharger. Tesla says that preconditioning the battery on the way to the Supercharging station will reduce the average charge time by 25%. It has plans to bump up the charge rates at more than 12,000 V2 Superchargers from 125kW to 145kW in coming weeks.

Elon Musk-owned electronic carmaker Tesla launched the company ambitious third generation Supercharger station V3 series in the US. Tesla estimates the increase in charging speed will cut the amount of time customers spend charging their cars in half.

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

The new V3 Superchargers will first be rolled out in the USA, with the first non-beta site breaking ground in April and distribution to ramp up over Q2 and Q3 2019. Although the Tesla blog post says the technology will start rolling out in the fourth quarter of 2019 throughout Asia Pacific, specific Australian timing hasn't been confirmed.

The higher speeds will be available for more owners this spring, Tesla says, as more chargers come online.

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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 auto using a paired key fob".

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