adding supercharger

adding supercharger

I was not given the option of adding a superchager at the time of selecting options for my 60Kwh model S. Realizing this after accepting delivery has made me extremly upset. Even at delivery time no one brought it up. I assumed it came with the car. Without it I can not take a trip unless I stop for several hours at a Chargepoint charge location.

Is Tesla offering installation of the supercharger after delivery?

I would be relived if Tesla offers one very soon.

Anyone else have the same experience? Any suggestoins?


Brian H | March 27, 2013

You don't "add a supercharger", you add supercharging capability. The superchargers are the units at the stations. Your car just gets heavy duty DC wiring, etc., to cope with what they put out.

Brian H | March 27, 2013

It cannot be retrofitted. You'd have to tear the car apart and rebuild it.

Sell the one you've got and buy a new one.

cpetrush | March 27, 2013

No you cannot add it. It was one of the options when you configure, like pano or leather. No one will ask if you want it, you must choose it.

Darmok | March 27, 2013

My understanding is that adding the supercharging hardware to the car after delivery is not offered.

I had the opposite experience, adding supercharging capability was a clearly available option when I configured.

Carefree | March 27, 2013

What do you mean: "I was not given the option of adding a superchager at the time of selecting options for my 60Kwh model S"

You, as anyone else configured the car and had the option to add it for an additional $2,000 (I think that's what it costs).

You either skipped over that option or you didn't want to incur the cost.

In any case, super charging capability cannot be added once the car has left manufacturing (according to Tesla). It cannot be retrofitted.

Sudre_ | March 27, 2013

The question should be, when did you order?

If you finalized before 9/2012 then you should have it. At least that's when the whole e-mail thing went out letting the 60kWh reservation holders know about the change... which then turned into everyone before that date got it for free. From about that time forward it has always been a selection when ordering.

gasnomo | March 27, 2013

You can add the second charger afterwards. Notice the availability, "installed" on the tesla online store.

cpetrush | March 27, 2013

Second charger, as in twin charger. Not Supercharger.

Brian H | March 27, 2013

Again, a Supercharger is the external unit. The car contains wiring etc. to accommodate its output, or not; i.e., supercharging capacity.

The superchargers are made up of twelve standard chargers, stacked in series. You can order one or two of those in your car. They take AC and turn in into DC for the battery.

Brian H | March 27, 2013

typo: ... turn it into ...

Tâm | March 28, 2013


Sorry for the confusion, but the options seem to be clear at:

I agree with you that I don't know how to cope without 1 hour Supercharger capability.

As mentioned, your best option might be to sell your car and get one with the Supercharger feature because it has to be pre-wired and individualized for each battery and it cannot be retrofitted.

Murphy2712 | March 31, 2013

Looks like you're lucky, Tesla reveiled an Easter egg: all 60kWh have supercharger capabilities!

gg | April 1, 2013

dat press release....this is one of the only situations I can think of where people are paying less for the same physical product and having the lower cost justified by restrictions in the software. parvis, you're lucky

skulleyb | April 1, 2013

Now to get navigation as an option!

Jolinar | April 1, 2013

you are lucky guy :D Now you can add SuperCharging just by software upgrade :)
Model S is really just big computer on wheels :D
Really nice announcement today...

jat | April 1, 2013

@gg - no, this has been a long-standing policy in computers. IBM would sell multiple models at different prices, and the only difference was the number on the side of the box and a switch setting inside. The OS detected the switch setting, and would run slower on the cheaper machines. DEC sold models of some of their computers that differed only in the number of expansion slots. However, they only had one motherboard -- the difference was that the cheaper one had the extra slots filled in by resin. Intel sold the 486SX as a cheaper processor without floating point support. However, it was exactly the same as the 486DX which included floating point support, but Intel burned out fuses that disabled the FPU in the 486SX.

Basically, it is cheaper for the companies to build just one design and cripple it in some way than to build multiple options. Yet, they still get to sell a cheaper version to customers that want that.

In this case, the cost for Tesla to build and certify 40kWh battery packs was higher than the cost of just supplying 60kWh batteries (and there may have been technical issues as well). At least you can get the diminished capacity back by just writing a check and getting a software update -- hard to un-blow fuses or remove resin from expansion slots.

hnashif | April 1, 2013

@gg It happens in computer hardware all the time. Processors w/wait-state, servers w/capacity on demand, pay to unlock cores, etc.

wonder | April 1, 2013

I agree with announcement to today being positive in that provides more flexibility in that car can be upgraded easily and by follow on owner as well. I was thinking that one negative may be that if wanting a 40 kWh Model S but getting a 60 kWh that has been limited your range could be less as result of added weight of larger battery pack but suppose that can be mitigated/eliminated with same software controlled limits. Having a 60 kWh battery pack will certainly tend to improve resale even if not enabled when selling.