We haven't been short on Tesla news over the past week. From announcing the cheaper Model 3, to the closure of most physical stores worldwide to securing the date for the Model Y launch ... it's been a lot.
But the EV company wasn't done. It's just announced the third generation supercharger, which can apparently provide 140km/h of charge in five minutes.
Earlier this week Elon Musk finally announced the launch day of the Model Y - March 14. This electronic SUV has been a long time coming, as has the name. Perhaps it was naive of me to hope that Musk wouldn't lean into the naming convention that he's been building towards for years. And yet here we are.
Tesla confirmed that its V3 Superchargers will charge up to 250kW per car in 15 minutes. That's significantly faster than the current full-charge time, which can take over an hour.
The new Supercharger will have a 1MW power cabinet and works with the car's new On-Route Battery Charging System. It warms up the battery on the way to the charger, ensuring an optimal temperature for charging upon arrival.
The V3 Superchargers will only be compatible with the Tesla Model 3 and Y at first, but will be available to other models via a firmware update at an undisclosed time in the future.
Sadly, we'll probably be waiting awhile for the V3 locally. They're not being rolled out widely in the U.S. until April, and both Europe and Asia have to wait until late 2019. At the present time there are only twenty-six Superchargers across the country.
You can see it in action for a whole 15 seconds right here:
Earlier today Tesla announced its long-awaited $US35,000 Model 3. But that wasn't the only surprise. It also confirmed that to afford selling the new model at this price it would need to close most of its brick and mortar stores over the next few months.