Submitted by ksusweep on Tue, 2019-12-31 23:08
I was in Hawthorne the other day with my late 2019 P3D- and swang by the SuperCharging station next to the design studio for the V3 charging experience. Someone was there first with an older model S. He didn't know his car couldn't take advantage of the faster charging rate. He was unwilling to move to another stall - understandably so since many of the stations there were either closed or nonoperational - so I charged my M3 in one of the regular stall at ~115 KWh rate. When I first pulled in to the station, I had ~90 mile range remaining. By the time the V3 stall was freed up, I was up to ~ 190 mile range.
My wife and kid were both in the car and my kid was full of anticipation to witness the magic of much faster charging rate after I plug in my M3 into the V3 charging stall....
After a minute of silence, the display start showing the charging progress... 10KWh, 15KWh... 80KWh.... and then, a whopping 89KWh and remained there for the remainder of my session. What the... Where is that V3 magic?
Is the V3 charger at Hawthorne not working? Does it charge at 250KWh only if the battery is below a certain percentage? Has anyone else been to the V3 charger at Hawthorne lately? What was your experience? Finally, does anyone has any theory on why my M3 was not charging anywhere close to the 250KWh peak rate?