Thanks to this simple update.
Over the years, Tesla has continuously improved the range and performance of its models, thanks to over-the-air software updates. Recently, the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus became the first electric car to offer over 400 miles of range. A recent software update also increased the Supercharging rate of the Model S and Model X from 200 kW to 225 kW, but the Model 3 and Model Y supported 250 kW power outputs when using Tesla's V3 Supercharging network.
These were the only models that supported 250 kW Supercharging - until now. Updated specifications on Tesla's website now list the Model S and Model X with 250 kW Supercharging support, matching the maximum charging rate of the Model Y and Model X - that's a charge rate of 1,000 mph.
At this rate, the Model 3 Long Range can recover up to 75 miles of charge in just five minutes. Unlike other recent updates, this improved Supercharging rate wasn't achieved by a software update. On Twitter, Elon Musk explained how the wire thicknesses in the Model S and Model X has increased to "reduce resistive heating" and increase the charge rate.
Musk added that the Model X technically will not be capable of 1,000 mph charging since it's much larger than the Model 3. In the previous software update, the Supercharging rate of the Model S and Model X increased to 225 kW thanks to improved battery pre-conditioning according to the release notes.
When navigating to a Supercharger, the car will condition its battery during the drive so it can charge faster. Currently, only new Model S and Model X vehicles can take advantage of the faster-charging rate, but we won't be surprised if a future update eventually adds 250 kW Supercharging support at the rate Tesla is improving its models.
Despite the Model 3 and Model Y being newer, Tesla clearly isn't done improving its oldest models just yet. More significant updates are planned too, as Tesla is also working on revolutionary battery technology that will allegedly last for one million miles.