Tesla has announced the third iteration of its Supercharger fast charging network.
The new charging system offers 250kW DC fast charging, bringing it closer to the 350kW system promised by Europe’s upcoming Ionity network. It’s powered by a 1MW central power unit, and is said to be able to add 1000 miles (1609km) of range to one of the American brand’s EV batteries in one hour.
In addition, Tesla has introduced an ‘On-Route Battery Warmup’ feature to all Model 3s, which pre-heats the battery while on the move, so once the driver reaches the charging station the battery is at the optimal temperature to accept some high-speed electrons.
With the new feature and V3 Superchargers working in unison, the company says a Model 3 Long Range at its most efficient can gain 75mi (120.7km) of range in just five minutes – that equates to a 50 per cent reduction in overall charging time.
The first V3 beta site is already live in the San Fransisco Bay Area, with the first non-beta unit set to open in Q2. Third-generation Superchargers are set to hit the Asia-Pacific region (which includes Australia) in the fourth quarter of 2019.