March 2019 Tesla announced the Superchargers V3, a faster version of its charging points for electric cars. These would be able to load at a maximum power of 250 kW, which is significantly faster than the 150 kW power of the Superchargers V2 which are installed in most of the company’s cargo areas, at the moment.

Since that announcement, Tesla has installed a good number of Superchargers V3 throughout the world, including Spain Y Mexico. During our tests we charge the battery of a Tesla Model 3, from 10% to 80%, in about 15 minutes.

Reducing waiting times while charging is one of the biggest challenges of the electric car. It is, in fact, one of the greatest barriers to the adoption of electric mobility, for fear of losing comfort and feeling that there is more to wait. For this reason, the higher the charging power during trips, the better, since the times are shorter.

Superchargers V3, up to 300 kW of power

In that sense, Elon musk has commented on Twitter that the Superchargers V3 so that they are capable of charging electric cars up to a maximum power of 300 kW. That would mean that the wait times on those chargers are even shorter.

He has explained it by answering a test carried out by the magazine Car & Driver, call EV 1000, in which they put a good number of electric cars to the test and which was dominated by Tesla vehicles. The top 10 was like this:

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  1. Tesla Model S Long Range Plus
  2. Tesla Model Y Performance
  3. Tesla Model 3 Performance
  4. Ford Mustang Mach-E 4X
  5. Porsche Taycan 4S
  6. Kia Niro EV
  7. Audi e-tron
  8. Volkswagen ID.4
  9. Volvo XC40 Recharge
  10. Polestar 2

Musk explains, rightly so, that they must have used the Tesla Model 3 Y Tesla Model Y of great autonomy and not the performance versions, since they are optimized for the greatest possible autonomy. He also recalled that the new Tesla Model S With a long autonomy (2021) it is capable of traveling even further and charging much faster.

He also explained that Superchargers V3 network is being upgraded from 250 kW to 300 kW, making waiting times even shorter and more distance can be traveled in less time.

Once the Supercharger V3 At most Tesla charging points, it would bring average waits much closer to 10 minutes than 15 minutes, so they will be quite similar to a fuel vehicle.

Only one question remains: Which Tesla cars will be able to charge 300 kW of power in a V3 Supercharger? Are they the same ones that currently charge at 250 kW or is the list of models capable of charging at maximum speeds further narrowed?

These are the models that can currently charge at full power in a Tesla Supercharger V3:

  • Tesla Model 3 of great autonomy
  • Tesla Model 3 Performance
  • Tesla Model Y of great autonomy
  • Tesla Model Y Performance
  • Tesla Model S Plaid (2021)
  • Tesla Model S of great autonomy (2021)
  • Tesla Model X Plaid (2021)
  • Tesla Model X of great autonomy (2021)

This is how it is to charge in a Supercharger V3