Charging SourceTechnical DetailsMax powerRequired to use it Household outlet NEMA 5-15 outlet 110V, 15A Must draw 12A or less (you can only draw 80% of rated outlet capacity for a continuous load) Note that there is a similar NEMA 5-20 110V 20A outlet that you can plug in to, but Tesla does not allow you to pull more than 12A unless you buy a separate adapter for it so they can be sure they are on a 20A circuit.1.3kW (up to 3mph)5-15 adapter is included with the Model S Mobile Connector 5-20 adapter is available from Tesla.J1772 "Charging station" J1772 EVSE An EVSE is similar to an outlet, but safer. 240V. Typically 30A delivered on a 40A breaker. (Spec allows up to 80A delivered on a 100A breaker; that makes it equivalent to a Tesla Model S HPWC, below). Any plug-in vehicle in the US since 2010 should be able to use these. The Tesla Model S can, with an included adapter. The Tesla Roadster, released before the standard was finalized, requires a separate $650 adapter.7.2kW (up to 22mph) assuming 30A. But a few are at 19.2kW like an HPWC; so see below for specs on that.Adapter is included with Model S. J1772 plugs into the adapter, which plugs in to the car.Campground 50A outlet NEMA 14-50 outlet 240V, 50A Must draw 40A or less (you can only draw 80% of rated outlet capacity for a continuous load) Big RVs use these at RV parks to run air conditioning and other electrical loads in the RV. Do not confuse this with a 30A campground outlet, which is only 110V!9.6kW (up to 29mph)Adapter is generally included with the Model S Mobile Connector; but if you have a different 240V outlet in your garage to charge the car, you may get that adapter instead, and then you would have to buy this one.Tesla Roadster HPC Tesla Roadster EVSE An EVSE is similar to an outlet, but safer. 240V 90A breaker; 70A delivered (if 90A is not available, it can be installed at a lower level) The Tesla Roadster is the only car that can use these EVSEs (except a Model S with an appropriate adapter from Tesla).16.8kW (up to 50mph)A $650 adapter from Tesla. HPC plugs in to the adapter, which plugs in to the car. You must also have Twin Chargers to use more than 10kW.Tesla Model S HPWC Tesla Model S EVSE An EVSE is similar to an outlet, but safer. 240V 100A breaker; 80A delivered (if 100A is not available, it can be installed at a lower level) The Tesla Model S is the only car that can use these EVSEs.19.2kW (up to 58mph)Plugs directly in to the Model S. But you must have Twin Chargers to be able to use more than 10kW.CHAdeMO Charger CHAdeMO standard DC Charger Can be up to 65kW, but most installations are at 48kW This is a real charger, not just a power supply. It talks more directly to the battery than an EVSE. But the car still has to talk the protocol. The Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i are currently the only cars in the US that can use these chargers.48kW (up to 144mph)An adapter from Tesla. They are “working” on one for $1,000; availability probably very late 2013. Will also require the Supercharging option (which is standard with 85kWh, optional on the 60kWh).Tesla Supercharger Tesla’s proprietary DC Charger This is a real charger, not just a power supply. It talks more directly to the battery than an EVSE. The Tesla Model S is the only car that can use these chargers.120kW (up to 300mph)Plugs directly in to the Model S, if the car is Supercharge capable. Standard on 85kWh models, optional on 60kWh models.