The long-rumored new generation of super charging stations from Tesla has finally been confirmed by Tesla Taiwan’s Instagram page that it will be established at the National Taiwan University and put into formal use in June at the latest.
Tesla Taiwan hosted a prediction activity for the location of the 3rd generation super charging station on its official Instagram page last week, and now the answer has been revealed to be NTU.
V3 is the latest and fastest super charging specification of Tesla, with a DC charging efficiency of 250kW that is able to reduce the charging time by half compared to the previous generation. General Tesla owners will get 360km of driving distance from merely 15 minutes of charging time through the V3 super charger, which drastically reduces the time spent on queuing.
▲The 3rd super charging station of Tesla will be initiated at NTU in June. (Source: Tesla Taiwan)
Despite the good news, the new location for the super charging station did not replenish the charging demand for highway travels since charging for electric vehicles is still a big issue when traveling between northern and southern Taiwan, which has bewildered and disappointed many Tesla owners as to why the company decided to establish the station in Taipei where there are 4 super charging stations already.
Most fans predicted Chiayi in the previous prediction activity, followed by Yilan, though both places did not make the cut unfortunately.
However, in terms of customer base, both Taipei City and New Taipei City have relatively more Tesla owners, and the current layout of Taipei City suggests that the city center does lack a super charging station. Thus, the optimal solution is to build more stations.
Tesla’s 3rd generation super charging station consists a substantial efficiency of 250kW, and is capable of charging two vehicles simultaneously, though what is worth mentioning is that Model S and X do not support 250kW, and only Model 3 and Y are able to fully exert this particular advantage.
An overseas owner discovered that although his Model S was unable to achieve the maximum efficiency from the V3 super charging station, it was charging with an 181kW efficiency that exceeded the officially claimed 150kW limit. Some speculate that Tesla has released a few updates after the successive establishment of the V3 super charging stations in order to partially satisfy high-end model owners by allowing their Model S to receive some kind of benefits.
The testing of some foreign media has revealed that even the range extended version of Model 3 could not receive the maximum efficiency of 250kW from the V3 super charging station, which is affected by the remaining battery of the vehicle and the condition of the on-site power grid. The final result shows that the maximum efficiency arrives at merely 201kW, and did not last for long. After the battery is 50% charged, the efficiency for both the V2 and V3 charging stations maintain at below 120kW, and will decrease as the battery increases.
Model 3 owners are welcome to experience the V3 super charging station at NTU after its initiation and see if it is as powerful as it claims to be.
(Photo source: Tesla)