Tesla’s Newest V3 Superchargers Expand to the Trans-Canada Highway
Tesla’s latest V3 Supercharger only made its debut a few months ago at the company’s factory in Fremont, California, but the international expansion of this faster charger is already underway in Canada.
The electric automaker confirmed to The Verge 26 of the 46 Superchargers being built along the Trans-Canada Highway are V3 chargers.
The company also told The Verge since 2012, over 30 million charging sessions have taken place at Superchargers, with an average of 64,000 sessions daily. Energy consumed is at 2.25GWh of energy per day or about 35kWh during an average charging session.
The company’s third-generation Superchargers were first unveiled back in March, capable of charging rates of up to 1,600 km per hour (1,000 miles/hour) at peak rates. Design-wise, these V3 Superchargers look the same as V2, but come with a thicker charging cable.
?this is nuts! V3 supercharging 1000mph pic.twitter.com/YbLh28lcBn
— tesla_raj (@tesla_raj) March 7, 2019
Here’s how Tesla describes the new V3 Supercharger, which it says will cut the amount of time customers spend at chargers in half, with estimates of typical time spent at these new chargers at around 15 minutes:
V3 is a completely new architecture for Supercharging. A new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to our 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 we’re announcing today, V3 Supercharging will ultimately cut the amount of time customers spend charging by an average of 50%, as modeled on our fleet data.
Earlier this week, construction started on a new Supercharger in Kenora, Ontario, while released its V10.0 software update in the United States yesterday (no word on Canada yet).