Testing Tesla Model 3 ‘V3’ Supercharging time from 2% – 100% SoC (video)
How much time does it take a Long Range Tesla Model 3 battery pack to be charged from almost an empty state of charge (SoC) to almost 100% full? The answer lies in the video below where the owner takes us to a Tesla Supercharger V3 (up to 250 kW) in Las Vegas, NV (High Roller at LINQ).
The thing I liked about this Supercharger location is that it is blocked until you enter the code that is shown on your Tesla vehicle’s center touchscreen, parking fee applies after one hour of stay at this location. Entering with a code to a Supercharger greatly reduces the risk of ICE cars blocking Tesla owners from charging their cars (aka ICE-ing).
250 kW V3 Superchargers ideally add 1,000 miles (~1,600 km) of range per hour to Tesla Model 3s with the correct software update in place (now widely released), so it seems possible for this Model 3 owner to leave the Supercharger station before the parking fee toll starts.
Tesla introduced V3 Supercharging earlier this year which was only available to Early Access Program participants at first, the V3 capable Tesla Superchargers are expanding slowly in parts of the United States but the Trans-Canada Highway is getting 26 V3 out of 46 total Superchargers, reported by The Verge.
According to Tesla, the V3 Supercharging adds 75 miles in just 5 mins and reduces the overall charging time by up to 50% — this is a huge time saver and a glimpse into the future where electric cars will be able to spend around the same time internal combustion engine vehicles do at a gas station.
* I have set the video start time to 5:18 where the charging test starts. Refer to the table below for charging time stats.
Table: Tesla Model 3 – V3 Supercharging Times
|0 to SoC (miles)||0 to SoC (%)||Time||Charging Speed (kW | mi/hr)|
|6||2%||0 mins 0 secs||0 kW | 0 mi/hr|
|36||12%||02 mins 26 secs||250 kW | 1,068 mi/hr|
|60||20%||04 mins 01 secs||244 kW | 1,044 mi/hr|
|150||50%||11 mins 22 secs||134 kW | 574 mi/hr|
|240||80%||26 mins 49 secs||50 kW | 213 mi/hr|
|270||90%||37 mins 48 secs||28 kW | 121 mi/hr|
|296||97%||54 mins 05 secs||11 kW | 68 mi/hr|
Seems like the owner of the Tesla Model 3 left the Supercharging at 97% because it took a staggering ~17 mins to charge from 90% to 97% — because the more the battery is full, the slower the charging gets as we can see in the above table, it was the fastest between 10% to 50%.
Last but not the least, a good piece of advice from Tesla CEO Elon Musk on why you shouldn’t charge your car to 100%, regenerative braking does not function as the battery is full, this makes the car less energy efficient.
It’s not a big deal. Charge to 90% to 95% & you’ll be fine. At 100% state of charge, regen braking doesn’t work, because the battery is full, so car is less energy efficient.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2019
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