Tesla has inaugurated a state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging station in Las Vegas that combines the company’s core products into a single sustainable energy ecosystem, fulfilling an overview of CEO Elon Musk Presented almost three years ago.
Supporting a top speed of up to 250 kilowatts, the new Supercharger V3 is designed to dramatically reduce the charging times of your electric vehicles. Tesla introduced its first V3 supercharger in March at its Fremont, California factory. A second V3 Supercharger is located in Hawthorne, California, near the Tesla Design Studio. Both locations, which were initially used as test sites, lack two key Tesla products.
This new location in Las Vegas is considered the first V3 Supercharger. It is remarkable, and not only because of the size, there are a total of 39 chargers. This V3 Supercharger also uses Tesla solar panels and their Powerpack batteries to generate and store the energy needed to operate the chargers. The result is a complete system that generates its own energy and passes it to thousands of Tesla vehicles.
The new Supercharger, located near the Las Vegas Strip, below the High Roller on the LINQ promenade, it was built on the Caesars Entertainment property. The site is part of Caesars Entertainment’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025.
There are caveats about the capabilities of this Supercharger station. Only one Tesla vehicle, the Model 3 long-range iteration, can charge at the maximum speed of 250 kW. The 250 kW generates up to 180 miles of range added to the battery in 15 minutes in a long-range Model 3.
The company’s new Model S and Model X vehicles can charge up to a rate of 200 kW.
However, even older Model S and X vehicles and the most basic versions of the Model 3 will experience faster charge rates at this location because there is no power sharing, a standard practice at other Tesla charging stations.
Improvements in charge times are critical for the company as it sells more Model 3 vehicles, its highest volume car. Wait times at some popular Supercharger stations can be long. Early adopters might have been content to wait, but as new Tesla customers come online, patience may diminish. And as more of these V3 Superchargers come online, potential customers might be encouraged to buy the more expensive, long-range Model 3 version.
Tesla has said in the past that these improvements will allow the Supercharger network to serve more than twice as many vehicles per day by the end of 2019 compared to today.
The V3 is not an upgrade from previous generations of the company. It’s an architecture change that includes a new 1 MW power cabinet, similar to the company’s utility-scale products, and a liquid-cooled cable design, allowing charging rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour. Tesla uses air-cooled cables in the V2 Superchargers.