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Tesla updates its Superchargers to make them (almost) compatible with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6

Tesla is rolling out an update to its Superchargers. The goal: to solve an incompatibility with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 which cannot charge on certain Superchargers.

When Tesla made the decision to open up its network of Superchargers to other manufacturers, drivers of competing electric cars were thrilled. But that was without counting on an incompatibility between the v3 Superchargers and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. The latter cannot be recharged on the most recent Tesla Superchargers, those capable of debiting 250 kW at 400 volts. On the other hand, on the old v2 Superchargers, limited to 150 kW at 400 volts, charging works.

A problem being solved, but with a degraded load

The responsibility would be on the side of Tesla since the manufacturer tells us that it is working to resolve the problem with the update of Superchargers v3. On the other hand, the American manufacturer makes it clear that the charging power will however be limited. And it does not seem that this comes from the 800 volt architecture of the e-GMP platform of the two Korean cars which requires them to recharge more slowly on 400 volt terminals. It would appear that this power limit is on Tesla’s side, but for some unknown reason. Tesla did not specify what this power limit was.

The Peugeot e-208 also affected

Moreover, the Peugeot e-208 also experienced an incompatibility with Tesla Superchargers at the start of its career, as we had noticed during our test session of different vehicles on the Superchargers open to all. The problem was quickly corrected, but with charging power limited to 30 kW! We had also met a Porsche Taycan owner who charged his car at only 50 kW.

But Tesla reminds us that the opening of Superchargers to all cars is a pilot program. What to identify potential problems to correct them later. We therefore naturally imagine that the American teams are working hard to offer ultra-fast charging to everyone, and not just to Tesla owners. The forthcoming opening of American Superchargers to competition should also push Tesla to correct all these incompatibilities as quickly as possible.

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