First look at Tesla’s next-generation Supercharger V3 in action

First look at Tesla’s next-generation Supercharger V3 in action

"Supercharger stations with V3's new power electronics are created to enable any owner to charge at the full power their battery can take - no more splitting power with a vehicle in the stall next to you", the company says.

The third-gen Tesla Superchargers employ a new power cabinet that supports peak rates of up to 250 kilowatts per vehicle.

That's up from a peak 145 kw for the current V2 Superchargers and will see a Model 3 Long Range add 75 miles of range in 5 minutes using the system at peak efficiency, according to Tesla.

The electric vehicle firm's V3 Supercharger system is built on an entirely new architecture, with a 1MW power cabinet that can charge at up to 250kW per auto.

V3 allows drivers to charge their vehicles at the full power their battery can handle. Tesla believes charging times using the V3 Supercharger will fall to around 15 minutes per vehicle, which at peak rates means 225 miles of charge is replenished.

Tesla is also flexing its software muscles with the new V3 Supercharger standard with a creative feature called "On Route Battery Warmup". Owners of Models S and X will have to wait for software updates in the coming months before being able to benefit from these 250kW stations.

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As for older charging infrastructure, there are now over 12,000 V2 Superchargers, which will be unlocked for 145kW charge rates in the coming weeks. V3 Supercharging is coming to Europe towards the end of 2019.

The push will take Tesla's network to delivering 250 kilowatts, up from 120 kw as more fast-charging infrastructure is built.

For now, Tesla has only installed its preview Supercharger V3s in Fremont, California and will only make them available to members of its early access program.

Tesla says that it has 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia-and that 99 percent of the US population is covered by the charging network.

Rather than be left behind, Tesla got busy developing its own solution.