Tesla final week lastly launched a “CCS Combo 1” adapter for the North American market that can allow some latest fashions from the automaker to be charged at as much as 250 kw on third-party stations, comparable to these from Electrify America or EVgo.
In appropriate fashions, it is going to permit homeowners to reap the benefits of an unlimited community of fast-chargers within the U.S., permitting higher entry to cross-country charging than these with another EV.
For now, compatibility is proscribed to newer Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y autos plus the Mannequin S and Mannequin X beginning with their 2021 refresh. In keeping with Tesla, the adapter would require a retrofit to allow its use for some autos, and that retrofit gained’t be detailed till early 2023; however you possibly can check in to see in case your car is appropriate.
The corporate additionally cautions that cost charges could fluctuate from these marketed by third-party stations, and that Tesla “doesn’t regulate the pricing or charging expertise” at them. That’s by and enormous an expertise that solely serves to underscore Tesla’s aggressive benefit.
“Most third-party stations are usually not able to charging Tesla autos at 250 kw,” it states outright—basically setting the bar low and suggesting that the adapter won’t ship close to the height 250 kw even at more and more widespread 350-kw charging stations.
Tesla CCS1 adapter for North America
Tesla CCS1 adapter for North America
Use of the adapter is easy sufficient. You could first connect the adapter into the tip of the charging station’s connector, then plug the tailored Tesla connector into the car, ready for it to latch the adapter in place earlier than following any on-screen directions to provoke charging.
Tesla autos are usually not, in fact, appropriate with the Plug and Cost performance permitting some CCS vehicles to be robotically recognized for billing. That can imply Tesla homeowners might want to provoke a cost with display prompts, an app, and/or credit-card swipes.
The expertise at CCS stations may get higher over time, too. “Though the CCS Combo 1 Adapter is designed to work with all CCS 1 charging stations, it might be incompatible with some,” Tesla additionally states, noting that occasional software program updates could have an effect on—and maybe enhance—charging with the adapter.
2022 Tesla lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)
Beginning with the Tesla Mannequin 3’s arrival in Europe in early 2019, each Tesla has included a CCS cost port for that market, enabled with a special module behind the charging receptacle. Across the identical time, Tesla began providing a CCS adapter for Mannequin S and Mannequin X autos.
Tesla has supplied a CHAdeMO fast-charging adapter for the Mannequin S and Mannequin X for practically a decade, and it opened entry to CHAdeMO charging with an adapter for the Mannequin 3 in 2019—a unit that additionally nonetheless applies to the Mannequin Y.
That’s nice information for Tesla homeowners who’re much less eager about taking a protracted street journey however merely want an additional 100 miles or extra for weekend errands. Though Tesla’s Supercharger community is unequalled for highway-trip consistency and efficiency, CCS has it beat when it comes to close-in metro-area areas. And with Tesla’s determination beginning earlier this yr to not embrace a cellular charger with its autos, extra homeowners could also be looking for CCS as a stopgap in some conditions.
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In keeping with the U.S. Division of Power, in knowledge often up to date, there are at the moment 1,496 U.S. Tesla Supercharger community areas, together with 15,339 fast-charging connectors. To match, there are 4,491 areas providing CCS fast-charging, together with 8,986 connectors.
Tesla has lengthy instructed that it’s going to make the Supercharger community obtainable to these with autos of different manufacturers with a CCS adapter—with probably surcharges for slow-charging non-Tesla EVs. Though it’s examined and enabled the thought with a pilot making use of to different markets together with Norway, the UK, and far of Europe, it hasn’t but come to the U.S.