Tesla says new technology can recharge a auto in 15 minutes

Now, Tesla says, its cars will adjust the temperature of the battery pack as the auto approaches the Supercharger to ensure optimal current flow.

The third-gen Tesla Superchargers employ a new power cabinet that supports peak rates of up to 250 kilowatts per vehicle. 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.

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 vehicle that's also charging.

Posting on the Tesla blog, Tesla explains that V3 Supercharging requires a brand new 1MW power cabinet be installed at Supercharging locations. Combined with other improvements, the V3 Superchargers will cut the amount of time customers spend waiting by an average of 50 percent, with the typical charging time expected to drop to around 15 minutes. Tesla says the Model S and X charging speeds will be "increased" via software updates in the coming months, though it is unclear if the S and X will support the full 250kW charge rate.

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.

"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". 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 will also unlock the 145kW charge rate for its 12,000 V2 Superchargers over the coming weeks. After rolling out in North America, the technology will reach Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in the fourth quarter, the company said.

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

  • David Armstrong