Video: How to Supercharge a Tesla Model S


Supercharging a Tesla Model S is rather difficult, right?

Supercharging is Complicated...Actually, No It Is Not

Supercharging is Complicated…Actually, No It Is Not


Though some Model S owners have no doubt experienced Supercharging first hand, many have not.

So, what’s it like to Supercharge?

Check out this video of a typical Supercharging experience at the Rockford, Illinois station posted by an actual Model S owner to find out (there are some interesting details discussed that even Model S owners who have Supercharged before will find intriguing).

(via YouTube – KmanAuto)

This is the Specific Supercharger Site Used in This Demo

This is the Specific Supercharger Site Used in This Demo

Category: ChargingTesla


26 responses to "Video: How to Supercharge a Tesla Model S"
  1. CherylG says:

    First the charge door doesn’t open properly forcing the driver to go back inside the vehicle, turn the touch screen on, go to the proper screen, the open the charge door…..

    Then when the supercharger is plugged in, the vehicle gets an error and displays a red light forcing the driver to unplug and replug the supercharger before it will work properly.

    Not complicated but not exactly reliable either.

    Two fails during just one charging session. Meh.

    1. Anon says:

      Feel free to buy a different EV… It’s not the only one on the market.

    2. Mercedes-Benz says:

      so 1 error prevails over the thousands of flawless supercharges? OK… tard

      1. Anon says:

        CherylG can only focus on any possible negatives, no matter how minor or petty…

    3. Foo says:

      Yeah, and every time I (used to) go to the gas station, the LCD display on the pump was faded and had graffiti carved into it, I was charged extra for the privilege of using my credit card, and the little thingy that holds the spigot open was always broken/missing.

      1. Bill G. says:

        Agreed Foo. Not to mention the “see cashier” prompt, requiring you to go inside. And by the way, considering that some other idiots drive like bats out of hell even in parking lots, shouldn’t the kids be in the back seat and strapped in??

    4. Steve T says:

      Yeah, we see right through CherylG.

    5. Nick Kordich says:

      The charge port won’t open when the vehicle’s locked.

      As you may have noticed, it did open for him the first time. The port was closed when he got out of the car (3:52) and opened when he pressed the button on top the first time, as he grabs the lead (4:19). When he closed the port to show how it would open with the press of a button (4:36), however, the car’s door handles have recessed automatically and the auto lock engaged. This is the optional setting that allows the car to lock itself up automatically when you walk away or a certain amount of time (about a minute) elapses.

      Normally, this isn’t an issue – leaving your door open or plugging in before the doors lock will avoid the problem, which is usually the case unless you’re narrating a demonstration. In that case, double-tapping the key fob unlocks the doors again and lets you open the port – you don’t need to get back into the car and open the port through the touchscreen, just double-press the center of the fob to unlock the car.

      As to the red light, it’s never happened to me. Aside from failing to insert the wand all the way into the charge port (it appears okay in the video), one possibility that comes to mind is a stray drop of water, such as the one on the camera lens, could be interfering with the connection. You can charge in the rain, but if you get something between the wand and the socket, it could prevent a good connection and the safety protocols would prevent it from charging.

      Also, always put the car in park before you get out (3:23) or it could roll away with your kids inside. The ‘creep’ functionality that emulates an automatic transmission’s behavior might help serve as a reminder if you need one and the chime isn’t enough.

      1. Alok says:

        Very, very useful. Comforting.

    6. SeattleTeslaGuy says:

      I’ve used 3 different SCs a number of times and have never had the problems you did. Button on the SC connector popped the charge door. Insert happened correctly each time and the charging session proceeded without error. Perhaps the problem is the loose nut behind the wheel?

  2. Mercedes-Benz says:

    Should have known Elon would incorporate rocket science into plugging in your tesla, what an evil man!

  3. Foo says:

    Nice video, but you “gain” charge (aka, energy) in units of kWh, not kW.

    1. scottf200 says:

      I thought the screen and person was talking about the rate of charge (flow rate of gas) and not how many units of energy they were getting (gallons).

      1. Dave R says:

        The guy in the video did saw kW when he should have said kWh a couple times when referring to energy delivered, specifically 2 kW instead of kWh.

        1. scottf200 says:

          I completed the video after I finished errands and hear what you mean. Luckily the screen was being videoed at the same time and it was clear.

  4. Bill Howland says:

    So is this lot good for 6 cars or 12? Since the rating of the supercharger is 210 amps continuous and the cars seem to take maximum power in the low 300’s of volts, it seems the most the charger can continuously put out power wise is around 65 kw.

    I was confused when our Narrator said there is an A and a B , so does that mean 2 cars per oblisque? I think he said there were 3 superchargers in the electrical area.

    Here’s an idea for a video. Take 2 -85 kwh dead tesla’s and hook them up to the same supercharger and see what power levels u get in each car.

    1. SeattleTeslaGuy says:

      Bill, there isn’t a simple answer for your question. Each “charger” actually supports 2 stations and the power is divided between them based on a number of factors. The rate of charge for a battery depends on state of charger (lower charge, higher charge rate), temperature and other things as well. There is a fairly well documented charge curve on the Tesla site. The idea of charger sharing is based on one car ramping up while the other is ramping down. In practice, it doesn’t make that much difference whether you are sharing or not.

      1. Bill Howland says:

        if you hook up a dead car to one that is almost full, doesn’t the almost full car stop charging since the dead car is lowering the voltage?

    2. Alok says:

      I’m not an expert.
      My understanding is that, whatever the maximum power output (certainly not greater than 410 V x 210 A = 86.1 kW continuous, probably less, as you say), it can be delivered to one car or shared among two (two connectors are connected to one charger).

      (The label on the charger is shown at 10:54.
      410 V DC is the max output voltage and 210 A is the max continuous output current)

      1. Bill Howland says:

        i guesstimated the actual maximum rating was around 65 kw since you can’t draw that much amperage at 410- volts since the batteries would be full, even with 2 cars.

    3. Dave R says:

      120kW capable superchargers will push out well over 300A, I’ve seen owners post screenshots showing 330A.

      There are only 6 stalls so only 6 cars can charge at a time. 2 stalls generally share a supercharger stack so charge rate will be limited to 120kW overall if two cars are plugged into the same stack.

  5. Alok says:

    Superchargers being discussed…
    5 new Superchargers just opened in Europe: the first of Switzerland and the first 4 in Germany.
    That seems to complete at least a first level of the Amsterdam-Munich corridor announced for Winter 2013.
    Total EU: 13
    Total US: 41
    Total World: 54
    A new SC a day…keeps gasoline away!!!

    1. Alok says:

      Actually, 13 is the total for Europe…
      Norway and Switzerland not part of the EU.

      Usual links:

  6. Assaf says:

    Really cute video! Thanks for sharing it.

  7. kdawg says:

    How long is the cable? Do you always have to back in?

  8. kdawg says:

    So i take this is not a 120kW charger?

    210A x 410V = 86kW