Tesla has officially launched its CCS adapter for $250, helping Tesla drivers access public charging stations. It’s a product that Tesla owners have wanted for a long time.
For the past year, Tesla has indicated that it is opening up its Supercharger network to non-Tesla electric vehicles. This has been a concern for Tesla owners as it will increase traffic at Supercharger stations. On top of that, it doesn’t work both ways, as Tesla owners don’t have access to most non-Tesla charging stations being equipped with the CCS connector.
In 2020, Tesla announced that a CCS1 adapter was coming, but it was only available in Korea for some reason.
It took two years, but now Tesla has finally launched the CCS adapter in North America with an update to its online shop:
Tesla writes about the Tesla CCS Combo 1 Adapter in the product description:
Expand your fast charging options with the Tesla CCS Combo 1 Adapter. The adapter offers charging speeds of up to 250kW and can be used on third-party charging networks.
The new adapter is similar to the one Tesla has been selling in Korea for the past two years.
While the launch of the adapter is being welcomed by Tesla owners, it is not available to everyone.
Tesla writes in the description:
The CCS Combo 1 Adapter is compatible with most new Tesla vehicles, while some vehicles may require a retrofit to ensure functionality with third-party CCS stations. We recommend that your vehicle is on the latest available software before signing in to your Tesla account to verify vehicle compatibility.
Although the automaker didn’t elaborate on the details, the problem lies with the charging ECU in Tesla vehicles manufactured before October 2020.
Tesla is going to offer a retrofit, but it won’t happen until early 2023. To order the adapter, Tesla owners must log into their Tesla account so that Tesla knows if their vehicle is compatible. If not, Tesla owners can’t even place orders, as Tesla probably wants to prioritize orders for Tesla owners who don’t need retrofits.
To be clear, this adapter is only for Tesla owners to be able to charge at non-Tesla fast-charging stations, such as the EVGo or Electrify America stations. Most EV charging happens at home, and for long-distance charging, Tesla owners primarily use the Supercharger network, which doesn’t require an adapter.
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