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High power on board charger for model s?


Aug 9, 2019

Have a facelift 2016 model s p90dl and in the Tesla-info options listed. It says high power charger capable @1000.

Does this suggest that the car came with the option of charging at 16kw AC onboard?

Charging on 22kw or 43kw ac charges only delivers 12kw 16a 3 phase currently.

Does the above mean the car originally came with 16kw on board charging capability and it's been removed since going through the CPO process? A bit like free supercharging or am I making the wrong assumption?
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Aug 22, 2012
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This option has been a software enable (rather than an actual hardware option) for almost all UK Model S production. So they haven't necessarily taken it away through the CPO process - very likely the original owner didn't pay for it either.

A large proportion of the very early (2014) Model S bought the high power charger option (which at that stage gave you 32A -> 22kW on three-phase) due to the limited alternatives for public charging at the time.

Once the CHAdeMO adapter appeared, that was by far the better option for most people and it was hard to justify ordering the high power AC charging option, since nearly everywhere you could use it there was also CHAdeMO available that would charge faster. With the Model X and then Facelift S, the 'high power' option was reduced to 24A (16.5kW) so became even poorer value.

A few people may have special situations where the high power option is worth having (particularly if you have private chargepoints with three-phase available), but for the average owner it's extremely poor value - get the CHAdeMO or CCS adapter instead.
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