Right on the plan.
Tesla has announced disclosure of its first Supercharger version 3.0. This higher-powered charger will further activate and encourage long-distance travel.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk told us it would open this Wednesday, and certainly will. This new, more efficient Supercharger will enhance the long-distance travel capabilities of all Tesla vehicles.
*** UPDATE : Several speculations embedded in the tweet form below.
] *** UPDATE 2 : Superchargers are replaced with version 3 and software update release notes are out (see below).
**** UPDATE 3: Livestream video added above. Let's hope it works! The flow of life must begin at 23.00 East.
*** UPDATE 4: Full press release added below.
Before we dive into the details, let's look at what was speculated:
- First unit to be located in Northwest USA
- Built-in coolant system that pumps floating into the cable section
- Charging current on 200 kW initially, but 250 kW later on
- Most beneficial for model 3, which can accept most all the extra juice
Model 3 lets you fast!
New release notes:
Your model 3 can now charge up to V3 Superchargers at up to 250 kW peak prices. Supercharger drives with V3 hardware are designed to allow any owner to recharge with full power that the battery can take – no more splitting power with another vehicle connected to the cabinet. This combination of higher peak power and dedicated vehicle power allocation across the page allows one to charge in half time.
Even when navigating to a Supercharger, your car will relate to the battery under the drive, so it can charge faster.
– Alec Tokosch (@ atokosch_61) March 7, 2019
Reported that Hawthorne & Fremont chargers are being replaced for v3 #Tesla ] https://t.co/ToR1uJC5Ms
– Tesla Model 3 Fan (@ teslamodel3fan) March 7, 2019
– Tesla Model 3 Fan (@ teslamodel3fan) March 7, 2019
Musk made version 3.0 announcement back March 3 via Twitter. We have posted their tweet below:
First public Tesla V3.0 Supercharger Station goes live Wednesday 8:00 am
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019
Ok, with Supercharger V 3 primer out of the way, let's move on to what is now known. Tesla arranges an event tonight at 8:00 am Pacific Time (11 PM Eastern) in Fremont, California. Select invitations have been sent out (see below). V3 Superchargers will apparently work on all versions of model 3.
– private (@privater) March 6, 2019
Full info here:
Introduction of V3 Supercharging
March 6, 2019
Tesla has more than 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe and Asia, and our network continues to grow daily: over 99% of US population is covered by the network, and we expect similar coverage in Europe by the end of 2019. Recently, we have passed 90% population coverage in China and this number is growing rapidly. In order to continue to drive electric vehicles and further accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy, charging needs to be made faster, and the number of vehicles capable of charging a space in a day must be significantly higher. Today we reveal the V3 Supercharging, the next step in the growth of the Tesla Supercharger network. Born from our experience in building the world's largest grid-connected batteries, V3 allows our cars to recharge faster than any other electric vehicle on the market today.
Faster charging, no more power sharing  V3 is a brand new architecture for Supercharging. A new 1 MW power cabinet with a similar design to our user-friendly products supports top speeds of up to 250 kW per car. At this speed, a model 3 long range operating at peak efficiency can restore up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes and recharge at rates up to 1000 miles per hour. Combined with other improvements we announce today, V3 Supercharging will ultimately cut how long users spend on average by 50%, modeled on our fleet data. Larger drives with the V3's new power electronics are designed to allow any owner to recharge the battery at full power, there is no more split with a vehicle in the stable next to you. With these significant technical improvements, we expect the typical charging time of a V3 Supercharger to drop to around 15 minutes.
On-Route Battery Warmup
New Supercharging infrastructure is not the only way we improve our customer's charging experience. Begin this week, Tesla rolls out a new feature called On-Route Battery Warmup. Now, when navigating to a Supercharger station, your car will heat the battery intelligently to ensure you reach the optimum temperature to be charged and reduce the average charging time for owners by 25%.
This combination of higher peak power with V3, dedicated vehicle power allocation across Supercharger locations, and On-Route Battery Warmup allows customers to charge half the time, and Tesla will earn more than twice as many customers per hour . In addition, we also charge 145kW charge supplements for our 12,000 + V2 Superchargers in the coming weeks.
Model 3 now delivers globally in high volumes and Model Y On the road, the V3 Supercharging enables us to deliver the fastest production loading experience on an unprecedented scale compared to with other electric vehicle manufacturers. By increasing the number of vehicles we can charge on each Supercharger in a day, the investment we make in our network will go much further with each V3 drive being used. Compared to other savings, these efficiencies will translate into increased focus on Superchargers in the future, with continued focus on getting 100% ownership coverage across all regions we operate. With thousands of new Superchargers coming online in 2019, the launch of V3 and other changes we make to improve throughput, the Supercharger network will be able to earn more than 2 times more cars per day by the end of 2019 compared to today – Easy to keep up with our 2019 fleet growth.
Starting today, we open the first public beta site in the Bay Area, which will gradually be made available to owners in Tesla's Early Access Program. We are launching V3 Supercharging for Model 3, our highest volume car, and we continue to expand access as we consider and evaluate the performance of millions of charge events. We will increase the speed of the Model S and X using software updates in the coming months. The V3 Supercharging will roll out to the wider fleet in an over firmware update to all owners in Q2, as several V3 Superchargers come online. Our first non-beta V3 Supercharger site will break the ground next month, with North American sites hitting Q2 and Q3 before coming to Europe and Asia-Pacific in the fourth quarter.
In some related news, Tesla will officially uncover the Tesla Model Y on March 14th.