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Tesla Supercharger Showdown: Is V3 Really Much Faster Than V2?

•, By: Tom Moloughney

A few weeks ago we posted a Tesla Model 3 V3 Supercharger video in which we recorded the entire 0 to 100% charging session. We did so immediately after doing our 70-mph range test for the 2021 Tesla Model 3 in which the vehicle was able to cover 310 miles. 

We had some followers ask us how charging on a V2 Supercharger would compare, so we decided to repeat the test and compare the results. In addition to showing the entire V2 charging session and discussing what's going on, we replay it side-by-side with our V3 supercharger session, to demonstrate exactly what the differences are.

It took 63.5 minutes to charge from 0 to 100% on the V3 supercharger, and surprisingly, it only took about 6.5 minutes longer while charging on the V2 station, and finished up the complete charge in 1 hour and 10 minutes. 

Even though the V3 station delivered a lot more power up until the 60% state of charge point, it was never more than 10% and 4 or 5 minutes ahead of the V2 station. When you look at the comparison charging curve graphs, one might be inclined to assume the difference in the charging times would have been more dramatic.

Replenishing 100 and 200 miles of range

One of the things we look at when we do these DC fast/Supercharging recordings directly after our 70-mph range tests are how long it takes us to add back 100 and 200 miles of range, based on the results of the range test. 

In the case of our 2021 Tesla Model 3 Long-Range, we went 310 miles at 70-mph. Therefore we need to add back a little over 32% of the battery to regain 100 miles of range. The V3 station did that in 10 minutes and the V2 station took 12 minutes. Adding back 200 miles of range took 23 minutes on the V3 station and 27 minutes while charging on the V2.