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 says that preconditioning the battery on the way to the Supercharging station will reduce the average charge time by 25%. The 1 megawatt power cabinet supports a charge rate up to 250-kw per vehicle. The new Superchargers are created to charge at the full power the car's battery can handle, so owners no longer have to share power with the vehicle in the next stall.
To make better use of the Supercharger network, Tesla says it will also update its cars with a new feature that begins to prewarm their batteries when they approach a Supercharger, similar to the prewarming that occurs in some models when you use Ludicrous mode.
The company advertises the rate as "1,000 miles per hour", meaning it is capable of adding 1,000 miles of range in just one hour.
Tesla will be initially launching V3 Supercharging for its highest-volume vehicle, Model 3, and will expand access as it assesses the results of millions of charging events. Our first non-beta V3 Supercharger site will break ground next month, with North American sites ramping in Q2 and Q3 before coming to Europe and Asia-Pacific in Q4, "Tesla said in a statement".
In the coming weeks, over 12,000 existing V2 Superchargers will get 145kW charge rates, up from 120kW. Tesla says software upgrades are due in the near future to increase charging speeds for Model S and Model X machines. At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging. Tesla reckons charge times will be halved based on its own modelling of Tesla fleet data.
Tesla says that it has 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia-and that 99 percent of the USA population is covered by the charging network.
Tesla shared news of the next-generation V3 Superchargers in a rare official blog post and the über quick video below.