Extensive Testing: Do Tesla V3 Superchargers Live Up To Claims?

Plenty of promises, but do they really meet specs?

Now that Tesla has started to bring its all-new V3 Superchargers online, we’ll begin to learn more about them. More specifically, owners will provide insight on forums, and articles and videos will continue to surface showing the fast-chargers’ real-world capabilities.

According to Tesla, V3 Supercharger technology is capable of delivering 250 kW of power. This means you can add up to 180 miles of range to a Model 3 Long Range in just 15 minutes. Of course, there are always some variables, but based on the information provided by the automaker, owners should see numbers somewhere close to the promised specs.

We’ve already seen and shared other tests, as well as published our own analysis of the numbers. Based on our math, a Model 3 Long Range could gain over 15 miles per minute. The speed decreases to below 10 miles per minute at around a 45-percent SOC. This suggests that in just 10 minutes of charging you could gain some 100-150 miles of range.

This time, we look to Motor Trend for its recent and very extensive test of the V3 Superchargers. The publication shares that it reached out to Tesla to get ahold of a Model 3 Long Range AWD to research more specifics on the situation, since numbers are shown with conditions like “average” or “up to.”

Of course, these conditions make perfect sense due to the variables involved, but it’s still important to reach out and then provide some real-world analysis. Interestingly, MT learned that the upgraded fast-charging tech is still in “beta” mode, so it’s likely not to the level that it will be in the future.

Tesla V3 Supercharging station (Source: Steve Jobs’ Ghost)