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Tesla Superchargers: V3 coming to UK charging network in late 2019

Published: 11 March 2019

► V3 Supercharging coming this year
► Could speed up charging by 50%
► On-route warmup also coming soon

Tesla Superchargers are slowly becoming a common sight in service stations and car parks across the UK, and according to the EV-maker there are currently around 12000 of the charging points worldwide.

Now, alongside the growing infrastructure, Tesla has revealed plans for V3 Supercharging, a new type of charging point that could see charging times reduced by an average of 50%.

Further electric car charging reading 

Tesla Supercharger

So what is V3 Supercharging?

V3 Supercharging uses the same principle as Tesla’s current Superchargers, but adds a 1MW power cabinet to the equation. That means 250kW peak charging rates per car, wth Tesla saying a Long Range Model 3 can theoretically top-up 75 miles of range in five minutes.

What’s more, V3 charging also means no shared power – so charging speed won’t be hindered when two Teslas charge up together.

Tesla Supercharger

According to Tesla, V3 Superchargers will arrive in the UK and Asia in Q4 this year, following a US launch in Q2 and Q3.

What else is new?

Alongside the infrastructure upgrades, Tesla is also rolling out an OTA update called ‘On-Route Battery Warmup.’ Batteries are essentially portable chemical reactions, and their efficiency is sensitive to heat.

Tesla’s new warmup feature gets the cells at the exact temperature for charging on the way to the charger, and that means when the car is connected the Supercharger, power transfer is as efficient as possible – right from the start. The result? More miles for your time stationary.

Tesla Supercharger

And one more thing, charge rates for the current V2 Superchargers should also be climbing to 145kW in the near future. 

How much does Supercharging cost?

Tesla EVs used to come with free Supercharging, but for the last few years the company has been phasing that out. Still, you’ll find Supercharging is still considerably cheaper than using petrol. Just like running EVs compared to their ICE counterparts. 

When running a Tesla Model S long-termer, CAR  consumed £294 of power over 5600 miles, the equivalent of just 5p a mile. That's cracking value and the 85D's 200-mile usable range meant we could easily take it on long trips to the other end of the country – so long as we factored in detour time for finding working charging points en route.

How to plan a trip with Superchargers

Tesla has launched a journey planner which helps you map out any route with your EV. And because the tool is specific to Tesla, it’s able to carefully calculate your route based on the range of your car. It’ll also favour Tesla’s own speedier Supercharger network, too. You can try the tool out here.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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