Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Industryweek 34387 Tesla Charger Justin Sullivan 1

Tesla Revamps Charging Network to Support Model 3 Roll-Out

March 7, 2019
Tesla will double power at its stations as well as preheat batteries ahead of arriving at a plug in order to drop charging times to 15 minutes.

Tesla Inc. is updating its charging network to halve typical wait times as the Model 3 fleet grows and challengers such as Porsche ready their own infrastructure.

By doubling power at Tesla’s stations and preheating vehicle batteries ahead of arriving at a plug, charging times will drop to around 15 minutes, the electric-car leader said on its blog. The V3 Supercharging network, which will roll out through the end of the year, will allow twice as many cars each day to charge.

The first V3 Supercharger site that’s not a test version breaks ground next month. After debuting in North America, the technology will reach Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in the fourth quarter, the company said. Tesla shares climbed as much as 3.1 percent to $284.70 Thursday in New York, rebounding somewhat from a four-day decline.

Tesla says its network will deliver 250 kilowatts, up from 120 kW, as more fast-charging infrastructure is built. The company is looking to ward off a wave of competition from incumbent carmakers readying their own electric vehicles and putting charging infrastructure in place to support them. Ionity GmbH, a consortium of Volkswagen AG, Mercedes Benz-maker Daimler AG, Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG, will have 400 stations across Europe’s major highways with 350 kW capacity by the middle of next year.

A Volkswagen affiliate is helming a similar effort in the U.S. VW-owned brand Porsche, which is starting sales of its electric Taycan later this year, is also adding 350 kW chargers to its dealerships in the U.S. and Europe ahead of a broader electric roll-out.

By Angus Whitley and Elisabeth Behrmann

Popular Sponsored Recommendations

How to Build a Predictive Maintenance Program: Lessons Learned from LSB Industries’ Success

Dec. 21, 2023
Register today and join this webinar to gain insight on best practices for setting up a predictive maintenance program from industry experts.

Decarbonizing Your Supply Chain: Striving for Net Zero

Feb. 12, 2024
Manufacturers face mounting pressure to decarbonize operations and supply chains. Meeting regulatory goals demands bold action and transparency. Collaboration with suppliers offers...

Get ready for CLOUD 9: Nine reasons to move to the Microsoft Cloud

Jan. 24, 2024
With pioneering AI (Copilot, built on OpenAI) and best-in-class low code development tools (Power Platform), the Microsoft Cloud has no equal. Learn a whole lot more in in “Moving...

The Year of Results: Four Expectations for 2024 Manufacturing

Feb. 1, 2024
In 2024 manufacturers will need to focus on results, from achieving operational excellence to enhancing digital transformation, to navigating compliance. Stay ahead with crucial...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of IndustryWeek, create an account today!