Maximum Tesla charge current compared
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Maximum Tesla charge current compared

Due to improvements in battery technology, not all Tesla models have the same maximum charge current at a fast charging station. The following table shows the differences in maximum possible charging speed depending on vehicle model. This is dependent on the type of battery cell installed and other improvements Tesla has incorporated into production over the years. Of course, the actual charging speed also depends on other factors such as the battery temperature, the current charge level or whether you share a V2 Supercharger with someone else. The listed values refer to the following three types of fast charging stations:

Tesla Supercharger V2

Most Tesla Superchargers in Europe are still of the V2 type. These charging stations deliver a peak power of 150 kW. However, two charging stations share one rectifier and therefore the power is shared, if someone else is charging at the neighbouring station. See also the A/B numbering of the charging stations.

Tesla Supercharger locations – Image source: Tesla

Tesla Supercharger V3

Since December 2019, Tesla has begun installing the new V3 Superchargers in Europe too. These Tesla stations offer a maximum charge current of up to 250 kW. In addition, the V3 charging stations no longer share the power, so that the entire 250 kW is available exclusively for each charging stall. All vehicles will benefit from the elimination of power sharing, while only certain models will benefit from the higher charging capacity. Visually there are no differences to the V2 charging stations, only the cable is a little thicker with V3. You can identify V3 Supercharger Locations in the Navigation System of your Tesla.

Ionity fast charging station

Ionity is a company that operates a public network of fast charging stations along motorways. Consisting of a joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai, Ionity began building this network in 2017. All charging stations have a CCS plug, which is standard on Model 3 and will be supplied as an adapter for Model S and X from March 2019. Older Model S and X can retrofit the CCS adapter for an additional charge. Ionity charging stations offer a maximum output of 350 kW.

Ionity Standorte

Ionity locations – Image credits: Ionity

Comparison of the maximum charge current according to Tesla model

The following table lists the maximum possible charge current per Tesla model. However, depending on various factors such as temperature, battery state of charge, age of the battery, etc., it may be lower.
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current modelsSupercharger V2Supercharger V3Ionity
Model 3 Std Range Plus150 kW *1170 kW *1170 kW *1
Model 3 Long Range150 kW250 kW250 kW
Model 3 Performance150 kW250 kW250 kW
Model S/X Long Range150 kW250 kW, some have 225 kW *3225 kW, some have 200 kW *2
Model S/X Performance150 kW250 kW, some have 225 kW *3225 kW, some have 200 kW *2
*1 = since software update 2019.40 (previously limited to 100 kW).
*2 = Not clear from which production date 225 kW are possible.
*3 = Not clear from which production date 250 kW are possible.

 

older models (also "D")Supercharger V2Supercharger V3Ionity
S/X 60118 kW118 kW118 kW
S/X 7098 kW *298 kW *298 kW *2
S/X 75118 kW118 kW118 kW
S/X 8598 kW *298 kW *298 kW *2
S/X 90142 kW142 kW142 kW
S/X 100150 kW150 kW150 kW
S/X Standard Range118 kW118 kW118 kW
*2 = Since software update 2019.20 the previously maximum charging power of 118 kW was reduced.

 

Reduction of the charge current with frequent DC charging (On Tesla Supercharger and other DC charging stations)

Anyone who charges at a rapid charging station charges their vehicle with direct current (DC). Very frequent DC charging has a negative effect on the life of a battery. That is why Tesla seems to have introduced a limit that is automatically activated after a certain number of kilowatt hours charged with direct current. Experiences of Tesla drivers in the TMC forum show, as this is the case after 13125 kWh over DC. (DC= charging on Supercharger, Ionity, CHAdeMO or other fast chargers). Affected are Model S and Model X with 75, 90 and 100 kWh battery. More details here.

Reduction of the charging speed since software update 2019.20

Tesla has limited the maximum charging capacity of the 70 and 85 kWh battery with the software update 2019.20. It is assumed that the battery life is otherwise reduced too much. Even when the battery is cold, the 70/85 kWh batteries charge significantly slower than before.