Tesla is introducing a series of charging limitations at some of its Supercharger stations across the United States.
Electrek were tipped off to an internal memo sent to Tesla employees last week, which revealed that vehicles plugged in will be capped to 80 per cent charge at high-traffic stations in a bid to reduce charge waiting times. Tesla says 17 per cent of Supercharger sites across the country will be affected, 8 per cent of which will be capped at all times while the other 9 per cent will have the charging limitation only during periods of heavy use.
“80% SOC Limit will be enforced 24/7 at all impacted sites. Please note, some sites will have 80% SOC limits enforced on a permanent basis while others will only be enforced on national holidays and to accommodate large regional events (e.g. Coachella),” the memo read.
The electric car manufacturer states that the cap on charging, combined with other updates, will improve throughput at popular Supercharger stations.
“When combined with the recently released On-Route Battery Warmup feature and V2 Supercharger upgrades (to 150 kW), we expect 80% SOC Limit enforcement to result in a 34% improvement in throughput at our busiest Supercharging locations – creating a better, more efficient Supercharging experience for our owners.”
While it could be annoying to not be able to get a 100 per cent charge at certain locations, Electrek notes that the feature shouldn’t adversely impact those using Tesla vehicles for long journeys. According to the company, the car will rout drivers to a Supercharger station capable of providing enough charge to complete the trip entered into the vehicle’s navigation.