Now will you buy an electric car?
Tesla has been capturing headlines recently after revealing the $35,000 version of the Model 3 sedan and announcing a shift to online sales. Fans of the company were already feeling pretty rosy but Tesla has a habit of keeping the good news flowing.
The American automaker has made continuous expansions to its fast-charging Supercharger network and has now introduced the latest version of the technology. Dubbed, 'V3,' this upgrade marks the next step in Tesla’s Supercharger network and massive leap forward for EVs. With V3 Supercharging, no other EV will be able to charge as quickly as a Tesla.
Tesla says V3 is an entirely new architecture for Supercharging, which uses a 1MW power cabinet that supports peak rates of up to 250kW per car. With this level of power, a Model 3 Long Range can recover up to 75 miles of charge in five minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour. V3 is also designed to enable an owner to charge their car at the full power their battery can take without having to split it with the car charging in the next stall.
Tesla says these innovations should cut down on the amount of time owners spend charging by around 50% and the average charging time will drop to just 15 minutes. Along with the Supercharger improvements, Tesla is rolling out a new feature called On-Route Battery Warmup, which can warm the batteries up to optimum temperature on the way to the charger. This will reduce the charging time by 25%.
There is a slight catch to all of this good news. Telsa is only rolling out V3 charging for the Model 3 but says it will "increase Model S and X charging speeds via software updates in the coming months." With a Model 3 now being capable of adding 75 miles of driving range in five minutes, is this enough to make you consider buying an electric car?