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Tesla launches Supercharger V3 with '1000mi/hr' charge rate

Tesla launches Supercharger V3 with '1000mi/hr' charge rate

Tesla estimates the increase in charging speed will cut the amount of time customers spend charging their cars in half.

V3 Supercharging is based on a new 1MW power cabinet, which supports peak rates of up to 250kW per auto, up from earlier 120kW.

Tesla says "With thousands of new Superchargers coming online in 2019, the launch of V3, and other changes we're making to improve throughput, the Supercharger network will be able to serve more than 2x more vehicles per day at the end of 2019 compared with today - easily keeping pace with our 2019 fleet growth".

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. This will ensure the automobile's cell is at the optimal temperature to charge, reducing average charge times for the owners by 25-percent. Supercharger V3 supports peak rates of up to 250 kW per vehicle, allowing a auto like the Long Range Model 3 to replenish 75 miles of its range in just 5 minutes.

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Tesla's new Superchargers add up to 1,000 miles per hour

Tesla adds that all its V2 Superchargers will be upgraded imminently, too, giving 145kW charge rates.

The first non-beta V3 Superchargers will break ground next month in the U.S., with Europe and Asia-Pacific regions to follow in the fourth quarter of the year.

On Wednesday night, Tesla announced that it has developed a new, faster Supercharger for its electric vehicles. This is most likely to protect your battery, according to @tesla_raj, who stopped by Tesla's unveiling event tonight in Fremont, California. Although the rates are initially for Model 3, the company will boost Model S and Model X speeds "in the coming months".

Tesla shared news of the next-generation V3 Superchargers in a rare official blog post and the über quick video below.

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