Tesla to activate first ultra-fast Supercharger V3.0 this Wednesday
March 3, 2019 Simon Alvarez
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the first public Tesla V3.0
Supercharger Station will be going live this coming Wednesday, March 6,
Musk did not drop any additional details for Supercharger V3.0 in his recent
tweets, though he did mention last year that the next-generation chargers
will have a power output between 200-250 kW, or as much as 50% higher power
than Tesla’s current Superchargers. With an even faster charging rate, Tesla
will be able to widen the gap between itself and its competitors even
Supercharger V3.0’s upgraded output will also allow the company to
accommodate more vehicles in its charging facilities, considering that
shorter recharging times will result in stalls being open faster for other
cars. This will be a crucial advantage for Tesla in the near future, as the
company begins rolling out high-volume vehicles like the $35,000 Model 3 and
the upcoming Model Y, which is expected to be revealed later this month.
While Tesla’s upcoming Supercharger V3.0 rollout is a way for the electric
car maker to establish and emphasize its lead in the electric car market,
the Silicon Valley-based company is not the only one developing high-powered
charging stations. Volkswagen’s Electrify America, which was established as
part of the auto conglomerate’s requirements following its Dieselgate
scandal, is installing 350 kW ultra-fast chargers in the United States.
Porsche has also announced that its dealers in the United States will be
installing Turbo Charging stations, which will have an output of 320 kW.
Both these ultra-fast chargers will be compatible with the Porsche Taycan,
which is expected to debut later this year.
Elon Musk, for his part, is not intimidated by the higher output of
competitors’ charging stations. Explaining this point in the Q1 2018
earnings call, Musk stated that “the thing about a 350 kW charger is that it
doesn’t actually make a ton of sense, unless you got a monster battery pack
or have like a crazy high C rating. We think 350 kW for a single car; you’re
gonna frag the battery pack if you do that.”
With Tesla’s upcoming Supercharger V3.0 and other ultra-fast charging
solutions debuting on the market, electric mobility is closing in on the
convenience offered by conventional fuel-ups in gasoline stations.
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