hyperionmark wrote:Question from someone that doesn't own a Tesla, but hopes to in the next couple years:
Isn't there a way to set your charging speed via the app or car display? In most situations you would obviously want the fastest charge possible, but if the station was empty (so being rude and taking up a spot isn't an issue), and you were going to be at the supercharger for quite a while (shopping or eating), wouldn't it be better to see the charge rate just below 60 kW? Is that possible? Thanks....from a newb
When you are Supercharging (DC) you can not change the charging speed. They expect you want to charge as fast as possible (plus wouldn't want new owners to accidentally do slower charging and have a bad experience). When supercharging you can change your limit to say 90% vs 100%. If you are shopping or eating you can look on your phone app and see what SOC percentage you are at, plus it will give you some notice that you car is about full *enough* to get to your next destination (ie. if you have a nav route planned).
If you are charging, say at home, using AC then you have the option of lowering your amps settings to slow down the charge. I've done this to make it finish charging about the time I'm leaving so that my battery is warm, gives max miles, and does max regen. Useful in the winter depending on where you live. It also remembers this amperage setting/level at that GPS location (ie. charge at 12 amps at your parents/friends or whatever).
Aside: While at a KOA, I also lowered my amperage so that it would finish charging in the morning before I would leave (plus I could run the heater/cooling all night). That 'camper mode' ability to charge and keep HVAC on is now built into the car where as before you had to use a phone app to automatically turn the HVAC on every 30 minutes or whatever it did since the car would turn off/sleep.
HOME CHARGING (AC)