Tesla has more than 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia and the network continues to grow daily: more than 99% of the U.S. population is covered by the network, and Tesla anticipates similar coverage in Europe by the end of 2019. Recently, Tesla passed 90% population coverage in China and are growing that number quickly. However, in order to drive continued electric vehicle adoption and further accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy, charging needs to be even faster, and the number of vehicles able to charge at a location in a day needs to be significantly higher. Tesla have now unveiled V3 Supercharging, the next step in the growth of Tesla's Supercharger network. V3, which is born from experience building the world's largest grid-connected batteries, enables their vehicles to charge faster than any other electric vehicle on the market today. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 2019-2029.
Faster Charging, No More Power Sharing
V3 is a completely new architecture for Supercharging. A new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to Tesla's utility-scale products supports peak rates of up to 250kW per car. At this rate, a Model 3 Long Range operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour. Combined with other improvements V3 Supercharging will ultimately cut the amount of time customers spend charging by an average of 50%, as modeled on Tesla's fleet data.
Supercharger stations with V3's new power electronics are designed to enable any owner to charge at the full power their battery can take - no more splitting power with a vehicle in the stall next to you. With these significant technical improvements, Tesla anticipates the typical charging time at a V3 Supercharger will drop to around 15 minutes.
On-Route Battery Warmup
Beginning this week, Tesla is rolling out a new feature called On-Route Battery Warmup. Now, whenever you navigate to a Supercharger station, your vehicle will intelligently heat the battery to ensure you arrive at the optimal temperature to charge, reducing average charge times for owners by 25%.
This combination of higher peak power with V3, dedicated vehicle power allocation across Supercharger sites, and On-Route Battery Warmup enables customers to charge in half the time and Tesla to serve more than twice the number of customers per hour.
With Model 3 now shipping globally in high volumes and Model Y on the way, V3 Supercharging enables Tesla to deliver the fastest production charging experience at an unprecedented scale compared to other electric vehicle manufacturers. By increasing the number of vehicles able to be charged at each Supercharger in a day, the investment Tesla is making in their network will go significantly further with every V3 station deployed. With thousands of new Superchargers coming online in 2019, the launch of V3, and other changes Tesla is making to improve throughput, the Supercharger network will be able to serve more than 2x more vehicles per day at the end of 2019 compared with today - easily keeping pace with our 2019 fleet growth.
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