Monday, 01 February 2021 17:47

Tesla Model S Refresh Gets Fastest Charging Rate Even Without 4680 Cells

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


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With the rollout of the Model S and Model X refresh, Tesla has brought its two flagship vehicles back into the front of the pack.

This was especially true for the Model S, which now features a Plaid powertrain that allows it to achieve a 0-60 mph time of less than 2 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.


But this is not all---a look at the new Model S’ official webpage shows the flagship sedan is now Tesla’s fastest-charging vehicle as well. 


Tesla’s page for the Model S notes it is capable of replenishing 200 miles of its range in 15 minutes. This effectively makes the Model S refresh about 12% faster than the Model 3, the current fastest-charging Tesla.


The Model X now matches the Model 3’s Supercharging speed, with Tesla noting the SUV can now recharge 175 miles of its range in 15 minutes.


Tesla did not specify the chargers that would enable the Model S and Model X updated maximum recharge speed, though their impressive charging rates would likely rely on the electric car maker’s 250 kW Supercharger V3 network, which is currently being ramped.


Prior to their refresh, the Model S and Model X were unable to take advantage of the V3 Superchargers’ full 250 kW output. With the refresh, this no longer seems to be the case. 


What’s particularly impressive is that Tesla was able to achieve the Model S’ upgraded charging rate despite...

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