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Hot! Tesla Opens First Public 250kW Supercharging Station In Fremont, California

Tesla is opening up its 250kW Supercharging V3 to the public for the very first time today with the addition of 8 new V3 stalls at its Fremont, California, factory. The new public V3 stalls are being opened to the public just 3 short months after Tesla first announced the new 250kW charging standard.

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Tesla is opening up its 250kW Supercharging V3 to the public for the very first time today with the addition of 8 new V3 stalls at its Fremont, California, factory. The new public V3 stalls are being opened to the public just 3 short months after Tesla first announced the new 250kW charging standard.

Tesla reached out to us with news about the new stations and added some color about what this means in terms of specific charging times for each vehicle in the fleet.

  • A Model 3 with the Long Range battery will be able to add 180 miles | 290 kilometers in just 15 minutes of charging on a V3 station.
  • A Model S will add up to 130 miles | 209 kilometers in 15 minutes.
  • A Model X will add up to 115 miles | 185 kilometers of range in 15 minutes. This is due to the lower efficiency of the Model X (less range per kWh) versus the Model S.

The new stations are being rolled out after several months of testing in a closed beta that allowed a select set of Early Access Program owners to access the V3 test stations in Fremont, California, and at Tesla’s Hawthorne Design Studio in Southern California. Don’t expect every Supercharging station to be upgraded overnight, as the new stations require new hardware and backend infrastructure upgrades. Tesla will be rolling out the new V3 stations in North America at scale in Q3 and in Europe in Q4.

Tesla’s Supercharging V3 (aka Nanocharging) introduces a completely new charging architecture. Where version 2.0 split a single 150kW backbone across two charging pair (A/B stations), the new architecture steps up to a 1MW backbone. That’s right — 1 megawatt, folks! That MW feed is then split amongst 4 stations that each get a 250kW dedicated feed.

In addition to the hardware upgrades, Tesla is using creative software solutions to allow more drivers to charge at each station per day. Pushing out the new On-Route Battery preconditioning was just one example of how Tesla has used software to improve charging speeds without the need to spend any extra capital. On-Route Battery preconditioning used intelligence to start warming up the battery when navigating to a Tesla Supercharging station, resulting in faster charging times.

If you are in the market for a Tesla, find someone locally that you know (like in real life) and use their referral code. If you don’t know anyone with a Tesla, go find someone at your local Supercharger and try not to be a creep and ask them for their referral code (they won’t mind). If that doesn’t work, ask a co-worker or a distant relative, post on Facebook or Twitter or just hit up Google. If all that fails and it’s an odd numbered day and not too sunny out, you can use my Tesla referral link to get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging, I guess. Here is my referral code: http://ts.la/kyle623

 
 
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I'm a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact my life has on the planet, save money and reduce stress. Live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, play. The more you know, the less you need. As an activist investor, Kyle owns long term holdings in Tesla, Lightning eMotors, Arcimoto, and SolarEdge.

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