Sunday, February 5, 2023
News Tesla Launches V3 Supercharging Capable of 1,000 Miles/Hour

Tesla Launches V3 Supercharging Capable of 1,000 Miles/Hour

Of the many debates surrounding electric cars is charging times – it’s always longer than filling at the pumps. Tesla’s V3 Supercharging is a step closer to ending the debate.

When discussing EVs, the topic of charging, or refueling, times inevitably comes up. For example, this week’s tester is a 2019 Jaguar I-Pace that requires more than 38 hours of charge time on a domestic socket. The number drops to less than a third of that on a 240V approved wall box at home. Tesla’s V3 Supercharging will give Tesla owners to ability to recover up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes

The V3 chargers will feature a new 1MW power cabinet that will look similar in design to their utility-scale products and will be capable of supporting peak rates of up to 250kW per car.

Relatedly, Tesla will be introducing On-Route Battery Warmup which will intelligently heat the car’s battery on the way to a Supercharger to ensure it is at its optimal temperature to charge.

The combination of Tesla’s V3 Supercharging and On-Route Battery Warmup programming is said to cut charge times by up to 50%. This should also make charging stations more accessible in a rush because of the briefer charging times.

This is great news however there are potential issues. Supercharging batteries on a regular basis may not be optimal for the unit despite very sophisticated BMS (battery management system) technology. These advances in charge time are still far off from a 5-minute fuel stop for 300 miles of range. Depending on how you use your EV, you may never have to stop to charge if you do it at home overnight…

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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