Tesla's new V3 Supercharger can add 75 miles in 5 minutes

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Additionally, the new design means that any Tesla plugging into it should be able to charge at the full 250kW; the current Superchargers often supply cars with much less than their maximum 120kW if the stalls are full as the chargers have to split the available power as we discovered in our recent Model 3 test.

Tesla has just unveiled their new V3 Superchargers tonight, which offer faster charging for owners, capable of rates of up to 1,600 km per hour (1000 miles/hour) at their peak.

Tesla says that it is introducing its next-generation V3 Supercharging, which is expected to ultimately reduce the amount of time drivers spend charging their electric vehicle by an average of 50 percent, as the EV maker aims to address one of the barriers to faster EV adoption-charging time and charging infrastructure. Said another way, the 15 minutes I spent at a Tesla urban Supercharger operating at 72 kW this afternoon would have given me a almost complete charge instead of the 72 miles of range that it added to my battery.

Supercharging V3 isn't as quick as CEO Elon Musk suggested when he called the 350 kw peak of CCS charging at the time "a children's toy". At launch, only Model 3 owners will be able to use V3 Supercharging.

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The first beta V3 Supercharger location is now open in the Bay Area, and Tesla says it will break ground on the first proper North American V3 Supercharger location next month, ramping up later this year.

Tesla now has more than 12,000 Supercharger sites in North America and says it plans to have coverage for 99% of the European population by the end of the year. Tesla will also unlock the 145kW charge rate for its 12,000 V2 Superchargers over the coming weeks.

For now, Tesla has only installed its preview Supercharger V3s in Fremont, California and will only make them available to members of its early access program.

Rather than be left behind, Tesla got busy developing its own solution.

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