Tesla Batteries Don't Damage Due to Fast Charging, Study Shows

Tesla Batteries Don't Damage Due to Fast Charging, Study Shows

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Tesla batteries do not get damaged due to fast charging, which was previously mentioned as one of the concerns. The data was obtained in a study of thousands of Model 3s and Model Ys in the US.

A study by Recurrent has shown that for your Tesla battery, it does not matter where you charge the vehicle, on fast chargers or from the home outlet. Vehicle batteries are not damaged, which allayed the fears of some owners. Previously, this was a matter of speculation, despite the fact that owners tried to dispel this myth based on their own experience. Some people believed that frequent charging at fast charging stations would lead to irreparable, long-term range loss.

Recurrent has studied fast charging on more than 12,500 Tesla vehicles in the US. The goal was to find out if the software and safety mechanisms in the battery management system (BMS) prevent battery damage. For this, the two best-selling models with the largest number of owners were taken: 6,300 Model 3s and 4,400 Model Ys.

Recurrent compared cars that fast charge at least 90% of the time to cars that fast charge less than 10% of the time. That is, two extreme cases are considered. This gave an exhaustive answer to the question: Is the battery of Tesla electric vehicles damaged if they are constantly fast-charged?

“The results show no statistically significant difference in range degradation between Teslas that fast charge more than 90% of the time and those that fast charge less than 10% of the time,” concluded Recurrent.

The Recurrent team suggested that the results of the study could be applied to other Tesla models and to other electric vehicles of other manufacturers. However, it is worth considering that not all of them have the same software and security mechanisms in the battery management system. While the data may apply to other Tesla models, it may differ for other brands of electric vehicles. However, it can be concluded that vehicles from companies that place particular emphasis on providing reliable temperature, voltage, and battery management systems may indeed have a similar result.

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Eva Fox

Eva Fox

Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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