Select Tesla Superchargers To Cap Vehicle Charge To 80 Per Cent

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.

Also Read: Tesla Supercharger Network To Cover All Of Europe Next Year

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.

  • danno

    So that 325 mile extended range M3 you paid extra for, now has an effective range of 260 miles, or same as a mid-range model. Exactly when you need the extra range, at peak use times.
    The news just keep getting worse for Tesla everyday.

    • lagunas3ca

      That’s why you charge it at home or any supercharger station that is not a high-traffic station ffs.

      • UBloMe

        Yup, instead of taking the straightest route, take the alternate one which is longer so that you can charge fully. Nothing like adding 3 hours to your trip for no real reason.

        • lagunas3ca

          Yup, just stick to your POS vehicle.

          • UBloMe

            Lets race. We both start in California and set a max speed of 80MPH. we both end in Arizona. You drive your Tesla and Ill drive my 2.0 Turbo Malibu. I bet I know who wins by hours.


  • Per cent or PERCENT?

  • Paulbe

    And the fundamental flaw in the electric car for the past 120 years (range and fuelling) continues to elude a solution.

    • Astonman

      Same issue with ICE in the beginning. The solution will come around much faster though.

      • danno

        Electric car has been around for as long as, if not longer than the ICE car.
        So, when is it going to overtake the ICE car?

        • UBloMe

          Its not. Its also worse for the environment than ICE cars

        • Astonman

          Couldn’t tell you – sorry

  • Alduin

    When is this company going to go belly up?

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