Tesla’s Latest Software Update Includes Useful Supercharger Info

4 weeks ago by Steven Loveday 8

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Tesla Model X Supercharging

Tesla aims to make Supercharging details even more clear and has released a software update which should prove advantageous.

As we recently reported, Tesla has just added new Urban Superchargers. Additionally, the automaker is continually expanding its Supercharger network, not only by increasing capacity at current stations but also by building new stations to fill in the gaps. The automaker regularly explains how and in which situations people should utilize Supercharging, as well as updating in-car maps to include Supercharger locations and stall availability, and now, Tesla is taking it a step further.

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Tesla’s new Urban Supercharger

Tesla points out that it’s important for owners to be made aware of Supercharger power capacity before determining the best place to charge. According to the automaker, it’s not always about finding the closest Supercharger, but instead, perhaps traveling a bit further in order to get back on the road faster.

For those traveling, you can find all the Superchargers on your route, check availability to get an idea how long you may have to wait, and now, check Supercharger power capacity, to determine how long the actual charging process is going to take. Not to mention you can see what type of services and amenities are available at each location.

Model S P85D owner and Twitter user TSLAZone was one of the first to get the update and Tweet the info (via Electrek):

The system will go so far as to suggest not using a certain station if another further one may be less busy and have more powerful Superchargers. This is truly necessary when considering that the old system could have steered you to a new Urban Supercharger, only to discover upon your arrival that the 72 kW charge rate was not what you would have received at another station.

Source: Electrek

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8 responses to "Tesla’s Latest Software Update Includes Useful Supercharger Info"

  1. Warren says:

    Those of us not driving a Tesla can only imagine being disappointed finding a mere 72 kW charge station. 🙂

    1. SJC says:

      An extra 60 miles in only 15 minutes helps.

    2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      I know right!!!!…..lol

      +1

  2. pjwood1 says:

    Teslas certainly don’t all charge at max rates. P85D (the OP’s car) I’ve noticed can absorb as high as ~119KW. I know of a 75KWh car that can’t do much better than ~90KW. Same with the older 85s, from 2012.

    I won’t pretend to know what all the cars are capable of absorbing, but would recognize “it varies” across multiple (“A thru D”) battery versions, for just the “85” cars, and then of course it gets faster with size.

    I hope the “135KW” indicator isn’t just for hardware capacity, but is the currently available charge rate. That would be a useful update.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      I expect it’s just the Supercharger rating.
      This is not just useful for the 72kW urban ones, but also the 90kW older ones, as well as the temporary installations.

  3. unlucky says:

    I wonder if this takes into account the sporadic reductions in charge rate seen at the normal “high-power” supercharger stations. Sometimes when they’re busy and demand is high even those drop down in peak rate. They could put the occurrence of that (or even the expectation of that happening before you get to a station) into the system too.

    Right now, given that urban chargers are never located near highway chargers I can’t imagine this really comes into play much. But obviously it won’t remain that way forever.

  4. George says:

    Sometimes a Supercharger isn’t so super

  5. SJC says:

    I am surprised they did not have this info in there years ago, it seems so obvious.

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