As per a recent report, Tesla is boosting its Superchargers, and is upgrading them to 300 kW, from the previous 250 kW, an increase of 17 percent. And this is good news! Not too long ago, a 1000 miles run resulted in Tesla Model S, Model Y, and Model 3 as the top three finishers. Simply put, Tesla didn’t win the race; it crushed the ‘competition’. Tesla has developed new technologies to support a more extended range and better performance.
Tesla makes a change in the fast-charging world with its capable Superchargers. Providing critical infrastructure with class-leading service completes the EV cycle. A boost in capacity benefits customers effectively. Usage of electricity from the Solar carport system by SolarCity, along with a considerable push in an increasing number of stations, builds a strong grid.
Features like On-Route Battery Warmup and higher peak power enable a faster and safer charging experience. The battery life increases promptly with advanced technologies.
What are the immediate benefits of increasing capacity for Superchargers?
The new Superchargers reportedly take 2 minutes less time for a full charge. The previous V3 Supercharger takes 15 minutes for a complete charge, but when increasing capacity from 250 kW to 300 kW, you can charge just under 13 minutes. Now, this change will lower down wait time on charging stations.
What are Superchargers?
Tesla developed supercharger stations to amplify the speed of charging while increasing availability for charging stations. The Supercharger network is humongous, and they are installed in common public areas like restaurants, shops, and Wi-Fi Hotspots.
To handle traffic, each station gets multiple chargers to move you back to the road quickly. There are many upgrades to the existing network with fast charging options and enabling a long driving range. Superchargers are a crucial component under Tesla’s EV umbrella that fills the gap EVs are facing.
How do superchargers benefit Tesla to make it big?
The revolutionary move to introduce Superchargers dates back to 2012. Tesla started by launching Supercharger stations in six locations. The architecture can boost charging speed and travel long distances for Model S.
The electricity comes from the solar carport system by SolarCity. Combining these two factors, Tesla can provide a long-range for Model S indefinitely.
The company plans to install Supercharger stations all over North America in the coming years. It is a game-changer for electric vehicles and helps in fulfilling long driving ranges.
Tesla is also opening up a network of Superchargers for other EVs. Earlier, Tesla was the only big player in the EV market, offering long-range capability. Now, other EVs can also benefit from Tesla’s Superchargers with standard connectors.
What are the additional program details under the Supercharger program?
Things get interesting under this program, and your new Tesla with low charge time can benefit. Wherever possible, owners charge on a per kWh (kilowatt-hour) basis. In other places, they can charge on a service per minute basis.
So, with charging time reduced by around two minutes, owners can save money. Though, there are two slabs under this offering. Tier 1 applies to cars charging at below 60 kW, and Tier 2 cars charge above 60 kW. Costs for Tier 1 are half that of Tier 2.
What are the developments of V3 Supercharging?
The number of superchargers under the Tesla umbrella is growing exponentially. With more than 12,000 Superchargers in North America, Europe, and Asia, the grid continues to grow.
The next step to growth is V3 Superchargers. It is born to exceed expectations and build a fast-charging ecosystem. It enables the vehicle to charge faster than the existing infrastructure.
What’s new with V3 Superchargers?
The new architecture gets a new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to utility products. It supports peak rates up to 250 kW per car, which bumps up to 300 kW. At this rate, charging a Model 3 Long Range or Model S is quicker than ever.
No more splitting power with the new engineering architecture. These facilities will help to drop charging time to 15 minutes at this capacity. Now, the 15 minutes charging time reduces to 13 minutes with 300 kW Superchargers.
How is Tesla improving customers’ charging experience?
On-route battery warmup comes with the new V3 Supercharger infrastructure. Now, you can navigate to the nearest Supercharger, and your vehicle will intelligently tune battery temperature to an optimum level. This can impact reducing charging time by 25 percent.
The combination of higher peak power with V3 and On-Route Battery Warmup helps in increasing service speed. More than twice the number of customers per hour can benefit from this new technology. With the V3 enabled, Tesla offers the fastest production charging experience to the world.
The Superchargers will soon reach Australia, with the first charger launching in Tasmania in May. Tesla vehicles have charging advantages over other EVs as they can charge over Tesla chargers and different third-party architecture featuring CCS2 plug.
The new rollout of upgraded capacity Superchargers hosts a range of benefits, from reducing charging time to using no energy sharing among surrounding EVs. Upgraded capacity by 17 percent is helpful for all current line-ups, including Model S, Model Y, and Model 3. Tesla has announced plans to open its Superchargers network to other EVs as well.
The number of Superchargers is growing by the day, with over 12,000 stations in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company targets to reach 25,000 stations milestone in the fast-charging world. Expanding network and capacity builds strong capability and drives innovation.