UPDATE: We've received confirmation from Tesla on details of the charging network, and have updated the text below accordingly.

To a Tesla Model S driver, 58 miles an hour is pretty tepid when it comes to driving speed. Recharging speed, though? That's a pretty good clip.

The California-based automaker is complementing the deployment of it high-powered Superchargers with slightly-less-super wall chargers that supply 80 amps and can provide almost 60 miles worth of driving in one hour of charging. That's about twice as fast as a 240-volt charger, though it's a fraction of the juice provided by the Superchargers that Tesla is building on at least three continents.

The Tesla Destination Charging Program, recently covered in The Wall Street Journal, features the Tesla High Power Wall Connector. Those devices have been deployed at almost 110 hotels, beach parking lots and restaurants in North America, Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson confirmed to AutoblogGreen in an e-mail. Tesla just launched the program this spring and lists those chargers' locations on its website (www.teslamotors.com/findus).

With such chargers in place, getting 58 miles to the hour will be valuable for day-tripping Model S drivers who are just looking to get home without a tow. And, like the Superchargers, the wall chargers are free to use.

"By offering convenient destination charging services to Model S owners, these hotels and resorts are replicating the convenience our owners have become accustomed to at home," Georgeson said.

Tesla has deployed 111 Supercharger stations across North America, in addition to 59 stations in Europe and 13 in Asia. Neither the Superchargers nor the wall chargers are compatible with any other electric vehicles, so no soup for you, Nissan Leaf drivers.


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      John Hansen
      • 4 Months Ago
      An interesting side effect of installing these is that many more people will consider purchasing the dual onboard charger option. That's a $3600 option. I wouldn't have considered buying it before, since almost all public charging is only 30amps, but if there are 80amp Tesla chargers scattered around, then it starts to make sense. If more people buy the $3600 option because of this roll-out, it may easily pay for the chargers. Dang, Tesla is smart.
      Jim1961
      • 4 Months Ago
      What's really impressive is Model S buyers who purchase the dual charger option can charge at 80 Amps at home! The standard Model S charges at 40 Amps at home. Leaf can only charge at 30 Amps but it's extra cost option. My 2012 Leaf can only charge at 16 Amps. The Leaf DC quick chargers are 50 kW while the Tesla Superchargers are 135 kW. The 80 Amp public chargers are just icing on an already impressive cake.
        otiswild
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jim1961
        This assumes that the home has 80A to spare! I have a 60A-rated L2 charger (48A charge), and in my 200A electric-only home I really don't want to go any bigger because I don't want to have to juggle multiple AC zones, induction stove, etc.
      GoodCheer
      • 4 Months Ago
      An interesting side note on the topic of charging 'speed' is that it's proportional to the efficiency of your vehicle. If you're charging at 10 kW in a model S that uses 35 kWh/ 100 miles (according to the EPA), then you're only charging at 28 miles/hour. If you're charging at 10 kW in a Lit C-1 that uses 5 kWh/100 miles (according to them ... caveat emptor), then you're charging at 100 miles/hour. With an EV, your energy costs are so low that more efficiency won't save you much money, but more efficiency will certainly make charging quicker. (sorry if this is a duplicate...)
      electric-car-insider
      • 4 Months Ago
      Type your comment hereDanny > That's about twice as fast as a 240-volt charger Tesla's High Power Wall Charger (HPWC) is also 240 volt (can also use 208 commercial). The difference between the 240 "Level 2" chargers is the amperage. Tesla includes a 240v 40 amp charge cord with the car (with adapter for 110/120v) The HPWC is wall mounted, hard wired (required by NEMA regs).
      Rotation
      • 4 Months Ago
      It is annoying that Tesla is not improving the infrastructure for other EV drivers. It's selfish and in the end not helpful to the movement. For shame, Tesla.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Really? So they came up with a better charging solution, opened up the patents to the tech, and then are using their own money build out free-to-use charging infrastructure and you want to complain that they are not helping the movement? It would seem to me that it would be great if all these other well-capitalized car companies were equally "not helping the movement".
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Tesla has offered to open their charging network to all other EV makes. One but has to accept Tesla's terms that use of Superchargers is unmetered to the consumer.
        james1234
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        For shame, Tesla? Really? I say "Way to go Tesla"! They are really serious about advancing electric vehicles, no question. It is the other manufacturers who need to get on board in a big way!. My local Nissan dealer left me stranded when they blocked access to the charging station at night! When I pointed out that access needs to be there 24 hours a day, so drivers know they can rely on it they said, "meh". Shame on them, I say.
          iCrashed
          • 4 Months Ago
          @james1234
          So what happens when EV's fully catch on? Tesla will likely license out use of the Supercharger networks among other possibilities. At the end of the day Tesla wants profits. I personally acknowledge the possibility that Tesla will have a stranglehold on all things EV, economically I mean. Not a fan of Kanye but "no one 'man' should have all that power". If Nevada bent over and gave up tax revenue potentially over 10 years, I think balance is starting to tip.
          Rotation
          • 4 Months Ago
          @james1234
          You think a Tesla charger at a hotel or beach is never going to be blocked? What a bizarre distinction you're making.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        ? Other EV's are to slow? As a MS driver I am proud to be cutting edge!
        bluepongo1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        @ Dr. Rotation Never get tired of beating that dead horse do you ? " A less than 20 year old company with superior tech should help : 100+ year old companies with goverment welfare R&D ( that they have no tech to show for the money.) , propped up by dealer cartels ( N.A.D.A. ) & the status quo ( pay-for-play corruption (R) = (D) like Cuomo & Christie ). LMFAO!!!!!
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        ? Other EV's are to slow? As a MS driver I am proud to be cutting edge!
        John Hansen
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Do you expect Nissan to fund sae combo chargers too?
        Joeviocoe
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        To dumb/slow down their own charging tech just so that more EV competitors can participate is NOT helpful in the long run... it will encourage stagnation in the Charging speeds. Tesla has long been moving the goal post for automakers to improve and to become the "tesla killer". Tesla is, not only, helping the EV movement... but they are "leading" the EV movement... by showing how things can be done.
        james1234
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        For shame, Tesla? Really? I say "Way to go Tesla"! They are really serious about advancing electric vehicle. It is the other manufacturers who need to get on board in a big way. My local Nissan dealer left me stranded when they blocked access to the charging station at night! When I pointed out that access needs to be there 24 hours a day, so drivers know they can rely on it they said, "meh". I say, for shame on them!
        Joeviocoe
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        To dumb/slow down their own charging tech just so that more EV competitors can participate is NOT helpful in the long run... it will encourage stagnation in the Charging speeds. Tesla has long been moving the goal post for automakers to improve and to become the "tesla killer". Tesla is, not only, helping the EV movement... but they are "leading" the EV movement... by showing how things can be done.
        purrpullberra
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        That is such bogus "reasoning" and here's why: Tesla is SO FAR AHEAD of everything else on the road that they would have to STOOP DOWN to accommodate lesser vehicles that have nothing to do with Tesla. It's a bit obscene to suggest Tesla owes it to lesser EV's to "improve" them. Especially since its impossible to treat any other EV like a Tesla.
        Joeviocoe
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        To dumb/slow down their own charging tech just so that more EV competitors can participate is NOT helpful in the long run... it will encourage stagnation in the Charging speeds. Tesla has long been moving the goal post for automakers to improve and to become the "tesla killer". Tesla is, not only, helping the EV movement... but they are "leading" the EV movement... by showing how things can be done.
        bluepongo1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        @ Dr. Rotation Never get tired of beating that dead horse do you ? " A less than 20 year old company with superior tech should help : 100+ year old companies with goverment welfare R&D ( that they have no tech to show for the money.) , propped up by dealer cartels ( N.A.D.A. ) & the status quo ( pay-for-play corruption (R) = (D) like Cuomo & Christie ). LMFAO!!!!!
      Val
      • 4 Months Ago
      It would have been nice to see 380V DC chargers with lower current, so that every tesla could use them, whether it has a dual-charger option or not. But hopefully they are making a nice profit on those dual-chargers, as this will create some more demand for that option.
        Naturenut99
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Val
        Any Model S can use a Tesla “high power EVSE" whether it is set at 40 or 80 amps or whether the Model S has a single or dual charger. If the HP EVSE was capable of putting out 80 amps but the car could only accept 40… guess what it will take the 40. You also dont need dual chargers to use the superchargers. You only need to have access to them via having an 85 kWh pack or paying for the option on the 60.
        Rotation
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Val
        I expect probably these installs go in places where 3-phase 440V power isn't available. and so a DC charger isn't an option.
          otiswild
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Rotation
          One could always put a 240VAC -> 400VDC transformer in place... http://emotorwerks.com/tech/electronics
      David Murray
      • 4 Months Ago
      It may be worth noting that not every Tesla can make use of that speed because only the dual-charger models can pull that many amps.. So your typical Tesla will get about half that speed. But still, 30 miles per hour charging is still not bad compared to other EVs. The Nissan Leaf, for example, charges at around 20 miles per hour on a 240V public station (except for the Chademo DC fast chargers, but I'm not talking about those, as they are analogous to the Tesla supercharger)
      John Hansen
      • 4 Months Ago
      An interesting side effect of installing these is that many more people will consider purchasing the dual onboard charger option. That's a $3600 option. I wouldn't have considered buying it before, since almost all public charging is only 30amps, but if there are 80amp Tesla chargers scattered around, then it starts to make sense. If more people buy the $3600 option because of this roll-out, it may easily pay for the chargers. Dang, Tesla is smart.
        otiswild
        • 4 Months Ago
        @John Hansen
        That's $3600 _after_ the car is built and delivered. I believe it costs less if you specify the second charger when you initially order. Plus, I think they used to bundle the 2nd charger with the HPWC, though I believe you can split them out now.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @John Hansen
        That was my thinking also when I bought my MS! Didn't get the dual charger but am considering now for sure.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @John Hansen
        Its a $1500 build option on a new Model S, $3600 to retrofit. Plus another $1200 for the HPWC (high power wall charger). For $2700 I didn't think this was something of use to me. Adding a 100A circuit to my home with 200A service isn't terribly wise. At the time dual chargers and HPWC were bundled but if I had it all to do over I'd take the $1500 dual charger option. Then again I'm pleased to hear hotels are installing the inexpensive $1200 HPWC because even at a mere 40A I would be full by morning. Which is also the logic I used for my home.
      electric-car-insider
      • 4 Months Ago
      Danny > That's about twice as fast as a 240-volt charger Tesla's High Power Wall Charger (HPWC) is also 240 volt (can also use 208 commercial). The difference between the 240 "Level 2" chargers is the amperage. Tesla includes a 240v 40 amp charge cord with the car (with adapter for 110/120v) The HPWC is wall mounted, hard wired (required by NEMA regs).
      • 4 Months Ago
      "Tesla is quietly installing higher-speed, non-Supercharger network" Actually there is nothing "quiet" about this at all. It has been emblazoned across headlines for days now. Keep up the good work Tesla.
      purrpullberra
      • 4 Months Ago
      Tesla leads the way AGAIN. This is a deployment to be proud of as opposed to crowing about a few slow chargers at some dealerships, Whoopee! These Tesla never stop pushing and exploring the possibilities to better everything they do. People who stubbornly refuse admire Elon and Tesla for their progress have serious problems handling the truth. No worship or religion, for the fools who try to go there, just admiration. It's bazaar to not be impressed by their achievements.
      electric-car-insider
      • 4 Months Ago
      Danny > That's about twice as fast as a 240-volt charger Tesla's High Power Wall Charger (HPWC) is also 240 volt (can also use 208 commercial). The difference between the 240v "Level 2" chargers is the amperage. Tesla includes a 240v 40 amp charge cord with the car (with adapter for 110/120v) The HPWC is wall mounted, hard wired (required by NEMA regs).
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