Tesla unleashes its first ultra fast 250kW supercharger

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Tesla promises to halve charging time with V3 Supercharging

With this level of power, a Model 3 Long Range can recover up to 75 miles of charge in five minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour. A new feature called On-Route Battery Warmup heats the battery when the navigation is set to a Supercharger station, ensuring that the battery is at the optimal temperature to charge for reduced charge times.

The 250kW Version 3 (V3) Supercharger is a new design that enables you to charge at full power rather than having to split charging with another auto that's also charging. Tesla has flirted with adding liquid-cooled cables to Superchargers in the past, but the rollout V3 is the first use of the new technology at scale.

"V3 Supercharging will roll out to the wider fleet in an over the air firmware update to all owners in Q2 as more V3 Superchargers come online". V2 chargers capped out at 120kW per vehicle and would sometimes be slower since they split the power output if two cars were charging simultaneously.

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Unveiled on Wednesday, the carmaker said in a blog post that the new V3 Supercharger will boast charging rates of up to 250 kW.

This system helps Tesla achieve 50 percent faster charging times with V3 chargers and 25 percent faster times for charging a vehicle on an older V2 Supercharger on average.

With these updates, Tesla expects customers will now spend about 15 minutes at the station.

How much the Models S and X will benefit is as yet unknown; Tesla confirmed with The Driven earlier this week that the "new" Standard, Long Range and Performance Model S and Long Range and Performance Model X will continue to use the 18650 battery cells.

The good news for Tesla owners doesn't end there, though.

Tesla will break ground on the first non-beta V3 site next month, with more North American sites coming in spring and summer, then Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in fall.

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.

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