Tesla Supercharging - Summer 2019 Update
Since we last wrote about Tesla supercharging, Tesla vehicles have received several software updates (as usual). Some seem to have modified the charge curves of some car models, especially the classic Model S 85. Owners have noticed relatively big decreases in charging power.
(Edit 2019-08-16: Added Model 3 SR+)
(Edit 2019-09-06: Added BT70)
As usual, we at ABRP have actual data thanks to our generous users who contributed it by logging in with their MyTesla account in ABRP and checking "Share data" (and even "36h Background sharing") for us. This is all thanks to you!
So, without further ado, let's dive into plots.
BT85, the classic Model S85(D) 85 kWh battery
The plot below shows charging data for BT85 from May 2019 through August 2019. The blue dots show all samples collected by ABRP during supercharging for those vehicles, and the red curve shows the ABRP charging model for S85 based on data up to May 2019. As you can see, it still seems to model good charging performance pretty well.
However, somewhere in June, the charging speed was changed after a SW update. The new charging data, now only from July-August, is substantially different:
The red curve is the same as above, and the additional green curve now models the new behavior based on the latest data. The charging power drops much earlier at lower SoC (battery %), which leads to a slower typical charge session.
Our standard charging benchmark from 10 kWh to 50 kWh has changed from 29 minutes (May) to 34 minutes (August) for the BT37. It was no disaster, but it was also not so fun for S85 owners.
BTX6, Model S/X 100D 100 kWh battery
When we last updated the BTX6 battery model, after the spring Supercharging power increase, we noted that while peak power was indeed increased to 140 kW, it usually quickly dropped down to 120 kW, probably due to thermal issues. Now, while most data is from Superchargers with only 120 kW capacity, there are quite a few sessions where charging power is sustained at 140 kW. Good news for 100D owners!
BTX4, Model S/X 90D 90 kWh battery
The not-so-fantastic "90" kWh battery (actually 82) has also been slightly modified, with most sessions seemingly limited to 120 kW. We have updated the ABRP model accordingly. Note that there seems to be a collection of sessions that peak at about 94 kW; this may be the infamous charging power-limited vehicles that have Supercharged "too much."
BTX5, Model S/X 75D 75 kWh battery
Only minor changes can be seen in the charging curve for the BTX5 battery, and we have updated ABRP accordingly.
BT37, Model 3 Long Range battery
Thankfully, the fast-charging Model 3 Long Range battery does not seem to have changed at all! The curves show the fast 190 kW charging for users at Ionity HPC stations and up to 150 kW charging at fast Tesla Superchargers.
Model 3 SR+ battery
ABRP is starting to get a fair amount of data from Model 3 Standard Range Plus cars, which means we can also show a new charge curve for this one. It seems like Tesla has decided to put a hard cap on peak power at 100 kW for the SR+ while extending the region with high-power charging further. Since the SR+ battery capacity is relatively small, this means that supercharging is actually faster with the new curve - good news!
BT70, the Model S70 battery
Similar to the BT85, the BT70 has received a reduced charging speed. We don't have tremendous amounts of BT70 data, but it is still enough for us to see an apparent change. A new model has been released in ABRP.
As usual, ABRP is building our car charging and consumption models on real-world data. Thanks to our fantastic users who donate data, we can continuously update those models and try to publish our findings here to give back to those who donated!