As promised earlier this week, the company Tesla presented at a specially organized event in the headquarters in Fremont (California, USA) is the third generation of fast-charging Supercharger stations, featuring an even higher power. According to the manufacturer of electric vehicles, the new station V3 Supercharger capable of providing a peak charging power of up to 250 kW. Because of this in just 5 minutes you can increase the reserve of electric 120 kilometers, according to The Verge.
Current version of quick charging stations Supercharger V2 provides an output current capacity of 120 kW. Almost twofold increase in capacity achieved through new cable design, which now uses liquid cooling. The new stations do not need to distribute the power between several cars — customers will always be able to receive maximum charging power. This distribution is a power reduction and, consequently, the speed of charging when a large number of simultaneous connection is one of the main limitations of the charging stations of the previous generation.
Widespread deployment of new generation stations V3 Supercharger Tesla is going to start in April . At the moment there is only one Supercharger station V3. It is set in Fremont and only a limited number of clients participating in the early access program Tesla. These clients typically are the first to receive the new software for electric vehicles, in fact participating in the beta testing. As soon as the next month will have more charging stations of the new generation, Tesla is going to release a massive firmware update for its electric cars that support the new standard. Also the official blog Tesla adds that mass deployment V3 Supercharger stations in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
In the coming weeks the company plans to upgrade to the second generation of the charging stations Supercharger V2, increasing their capacity from the current 120 kW to 145 kW. According to the technical specifications, the maximum charging capacity of the power plants of the second generation is 150 kW, but most to date have been limited with capacity of 120 kW.
Along with the announcement of a new generation of fast-charging Supercharger stations Tesla has unveiled a new feature On-Route Battery Warmup. It works based on a smart algorithm that heats the battery electric vehicle to the optimum charging values even at the entrance to the station fast charging. According to Tesla, this reduces the charging time by up to 25 percent.
To take advantage of new charging standards will be the first owners of the Tesla Model 3 because this model uses the new batteries. Power charging for Model S and Model X, released many previously, yet the current will be limited to 120 kW. Tesla says it’s going to increase the charging speed of the latter, releasing a special update in the coming months, but exactly when this will happen is not specified.
Thanks to the V3 Supercharger stations Tesla will be able to beat the speed of charging are all available now on the market of electric vehicles. As noted by The Verge, despite the fact that the charging capacity of the Supercharger from the Tesla V3 which is lower than the stations Electrify America, developed by Volkswagen (they provide 350 kW), the latter have problems in the cables, so at the beginning of the year, it was reported that these charging stations had to be closed temporarily.
Tesla opened the first station of fast charging Supercharger in September 2012. Since then, the U.S. was opened on 12 888 points fast charging and 1441 all over the world.
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