Unlike the Model S and Model X, Tesla’s Model 3 can fully utilize the brand’s new Supercharger V3. This means the compact luxury EV can theoretically receive 1,000 miles of driving range per hour of charging. That is, if its batteries could hold so much power.
More realistically, the car can receive 75 miles worth of charge in just five minutes or up to 90% charge in as little as 35 minutes, according to a reddit user privaterbok.
Supercharger V3 debuts a new charging architecture. The one-megawatt power cabinets feature four stalls and can support up to 250 kilowatts per car. This effectively reduces recharge time by up to 50%, which equates to an average 15-minute reduction of recharge time.
What’s more, Tesla estimates Supercharger V3 could serve twice as many Tesla vehicles per hour compared to V2 electric car charger. And that’s important because Superchargers are reportedly getting pretty crowded.
In addition to Supercharger V3, Tesla also unveiled a new On-Route Battery Warmup feature.
“New Supercharging infrastructure isn’t the only way we are improving our customers’ charging experience. Beginning this week, Tesla is rolling out a new feature called On-Route Battery Warmup,” Tesla wrote on the company’s blog. “Now, whenever you navigate to a Supercharger station, your vehicle will intelligently heat the battery to ensure you arrive at the optimal temperature to charge, reducing average charge times for owners by 25%.”
Model S and Model X owners shouldn’t feel too left out. Tesla will be rolling out over-the-air updates that will increase recharging speeds for those models in the coming months.
Tesla is scheduled to break ground on its first non-beta Supercharger V3. Furthermore, it plans to ramp up V3 rollout in the second quarter of 2019 for the U.S. with Europe and Asian markets receiving the V3 in the last quarter of the year.