In an important development on Wednesday, Tesla announced that the company will be rolling out the third generation Supercharger that is bound to drastically cut the charging time of its electric vehicles. This news was made public by the company in its blog.
As per the blog, the company has nearly 12000 across North America, Europe, and Asia with around 99 percent of the U.S. market covered. The company is planning to reach similar figures in the European market by the end of this year.
The blog adds:
“V3 Supercharging, which is born from our experience building the world’s largest grid-connected batteries, enables our vehicles to charge faster than any other electric vehicle on the market today.”
V3 Supercharging supports peak rates of up to 250 kW per car on the long range version of the model 3 and at this rate the car can recover up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes.
One of the main hurdles in wider adoption of electric vehicles is the long wait time at Supercharger stations. According to Tesla, the new developments will help Superchargers serve more than twice customers by the end the end of 2019 as compared to what they are serving now.
Another feature that Tesla is launching this week to reduce the charging time is On-Route Battery Warmup. Now, the customer can navigate a Supercharger station and the vehicle will intelligently heat the battery to ensure that the customer arrives at the optimal temperature to charge, reducing average charge times for owners by 25%.
Tesla is planning to open V2 and V3 chargers in 2019 and the V3 Superchargers which the company is planning to start installing in April will be opened where it is of highest and optimum use.
The company is also planning to roll out the V3 version Superchargers for other models beyond the long range model 3s by Q2, 2019.
Source: Tesla Blog