Difference Between Tesla Supercharger V1, V2, V3, V4 & Urban [Detailed comparison]

Here is the difference and comparison table between Tesla supercharger types V1, V2, V3, V4 & Urban followed by details about each.

Tesla Supercharger V1 vs. V2 vs. V3 vs. V4 vs Urban

UPDATE (22nd June 2024): Urban supercharger is added to the list

Tesla Supercharger ModelMax Power OutputPower Sharing*No. of Vehicles Can Charge at OnceMax Charging Speed*
V4250 kW per vehicle (250KW – 615KW)No1150 miles in 10 mins
V3250 kWNo1150 miles in 10 mins
V2150 kWYes2100 miles in 10 mins
V1120 kWYes280 miles in 10 mins
Urban72 kWNo150 miles in 10 mins
Tesla Supercharger V1 V2 V3 V4

*Power sharing will split the charging speed for each vehicle then the rate at which each vehicle charges will vary. This applies to Tesla superchargers V1 and V2. More details explained in later sections of supercharger V1 and V2 below.

*Max charging speed (either charging a single vehicle or multi with power sharing) varies depending on your vehicle configuration, size and age of the battery pack, state of charge and ambient temperature condition.

Tesla Superchargers

Tesla superchargers network was first introduced in Sep. 2012 when the Tesla Model S – the first model in the series S, 3, X and Y – entered production with its initial versions.

As of starting of the year 2024, Tesla has installed 6350 supercharger stations across the world providing in total 58,000 individual connectors to charge the cars. Among this, almost 40% of stations are deployed alone in the North American region.

And currently among the total stations installed alone V3 and V4 cover 68% of deployment.

No let’s dive into each of them.

Tesla Supercharger V1 and V2

Tesla Supercharger Station V1 charging a car
Tesla Supercharger Station V1
Single Tesla Supercharger  V1 Stall
Tesla Supercharger V1 Stall
Tesla Supercharger Station V2 charging a car
Tesla Supercharger Station V2
Single Tesla Supercharger  V2 Stall
Tesla Supercharger V2 Stall

Supercharger V1 gives 120kW of power output and supports power sharing.  

While V2 superchargers function the same way as V1, but it gives 150kW of power output – and so a faster charging speed.

Both V1 and V2 superchargers are installed in such a way that power is shared between two stalls, however, single stall supports only one car charging at a time. But when in both stalls a car is being charged the power gets shared between those two polls.

Both stalls share 4 modules of charging – consisting 25% of total power in each module – and when power is shared, the station will assign either two or three modules out of four to one of the stalls where the car is plugged first to that of other depending on the amount power output required. So it will limit the power output to either 50%-50% or 75%-25% respective to the first plugged stall and another stall.

These supercharger stalls are installed with the coding on each stall consisting of a number and an alphabet indicating power-sharing pairs of stalls.

For example, a Tesla V1 or V2 supercharging station has 10 stalls then each stall will be numbered 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B and 5A, 5B.

The stall with same number like 1, 2, 3… shows power sharing pairs by adding the alphabet A or B. Like Stall 1A and 1B share power so the charging speed will be lowered if two cars charge at each one at the same time.

So if you go to a V1/V2 station and see a car is charging at 2A then choosing 2B will lower your charging speed. So you choose another stall where no car is charging at any one of the stalls in a pair either at A or B. It will ensure a high and maximum possible speed of charging.

Tesla Supercharger V3

Tesla Supercharger Station V3 charging a car
Tesla Supercharger Station V3
Single Tesla Supercharger  V3 Stall
Tesla Supercharger V3 Stall

V3 superchargers were introduced in 2019 and delivered 250kW of power. Which is a faster pace charging and in addition to that Tesla added ‘no more power sharing’ in V3 stations with nearby stalls. It doesn’t share any power with nearby stalls as it was in V1 and V2.

So each vehicle at any stall gets maximum power output and so charging speed.

In addition to this, V3 superchargers came with a thinner cable than V2 and also liquid cooled. So it’s a lighter cable delivering more power.

PLUS, some V3 superchargers are also equipped with a ‘magic dock’ having CCS adapter (combo adapter) tethered over NACS to charge non-Tesla vehicles.

But to charge non-Tesla vehicles the user must have installed Tesla app for payments.

Tesla Supercharger V4

Tesla Supercharger Station V4 charging a car
Tesla Supercharger Station V4
Single Tesla Supercharger  V4 Stall
Tesla Supercharger V4 Stall

Tesla V4 superchargers started to roll by early 2023. They have a longer cable and also a CCS adapter tethered over NACS with magic dock.

They are still slowly being deployed.

They deliver currently 250kW of power output – same as V3s – but having scope of providing 650KW of power output with future upgrades.

These version of superchargers are added with credit card readers over the stalls. So non-Tesla users can charge on the spot with the card payment without downloading Tesla app.

Tesla Urban Superchargers

Tesla supercharger urban
Tesla Urban Supercharger Station
tesla supercharger urban stall
Tesla Urban Supercharger Stall

Now, in between in late 2017 Tesla rolled out ‘Urban’ superchargers. They are more compact with a max 72kW power output.

These are primarily meant to be installed in urban areas like malls, parking lots etc

However, power output and charging speed are slower than other versions of superchargers but still add juice with more than enough fast pace. It can add 300 miles of range in an hour of charging. So for city users, this is more than enough and yet more accessible in city areas.

FAQs

How do I know if my Tesla Supercharger is V2 or V3?

V3 superchargers have a thinner cable and don’t support power sharing. While V2 has a thick charging cable and supports power sharing indicated by a number printed on the stall. So looking at numbering and cable thickness you can identify whether it’s V2 or V3.

What is the difference between Tesla V3 and V4 Supercharger?

V3 and V4 superchargers however give the same power output – of 250kW – as of now but V4 stations are supposed to have an upgrade to provide 650kW of power output in future.

Another is V4 superchargers are equipped with credit card readers on the stalls allowing non-Tesla users to pay on the spot for supercharging sessions without having Tesla app installed on the phone.

While non-Tesla users charging at V3 supercharger must have added a payment method in Tesla app for payment to work.

Are there different types of Tesla Superchargers?

Yes, Tesla has deployed 4 versions of primary superchargers with added 2 other types. So in total, there are 6 types of Tesla superchargers.

The primary 4 versions are V1, V2, V3 and V4 supercharger stations.

In other two include Urban superchargers which are meant to be installed in urban areas only with slightly lesser power output.

And there are mobile superchargers introduced in 2019 powered by Tesla Megapack energy system mounted in Tesla semitrailer trucks. It can charge up to 100 vehicles before the mobile energy system depletes.

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