Submitted by WSE51 on 28. November 2012
Today I dropped off a friend to pick up his Model S at the Hawthorne Tesla facility near LAX and while there, I plugged my own Model S into the one of the Supercharging stations.
Two of the 4 stalls were operational. My battery was at about 120 rated miles when I plugged in. According to my dashboard, it charged at a rate of 85 to 90 miles per hour which is substantially slower than the announced rate. The rate was pretty constant for the hour that I was there.
I asked the delivery specialist who was working with my friend why it was so slow, he said that this was a typical charge rate for this facility at the moment, and they intend to increase the rate in the future. 90 miles per hour is more than 4 times faster than my garage 240 V outlet (my High Powered Wall charger is on backorder) so I am not complaining, but for those planning a long road trip and counting on a 45 minute charging session giving them 150 miles of additional range, they may need to allow more charging time en route.
If you have used a Supercharging station, please let us know which station / when / what charging rate you achieved. Thanks.