Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter finally works with Model 3

Tesla owners are spoiled when it comes to fast charging - the sprawling Supercharger network is already fairly comprehensive in most of the US and Europe, and more and faster chargers are being installed every month. Many Tesla drivers find Superchargers quite sufficient for their long-distance travel needs. When you’re on the road however, more charging choices are always better, so several years ago, Tesla introduced an adapter to allow Model S and X drivers to use CHAdeMO fast charging stations. 

Above: Tesla's CHAdeMO adapter (Source: Tesla)

Apparently, an adapter for DC fast charging is a more complex gadget than the simple plug adapter that allows Tesla drivers to use standard Level 2 AC chargers. At least, we assume that’s the reason it’s taking years for Tesla to release a full suite of fast charging adapters. Anyway, since the latest vehicle software update, the CHAdeMO adapter will now work with Model 3.

As CleanTechnica reports, the adapter itself has not changed. The software update means that existing Tesla-to-CHAdeMO charging adapters sold for Models S and X will now work with Model 3. The adapter, which sells for $450, allows CHAdeMO charging at power levels of up to 50 kW. It’s designed to work only with North American Teslas.

Above: A look at some early testing on development software using Tesla's new CHAdeMO adapter (Youtube: Out of Spec Motoring)

Many owners may balk at buying this at such a steep price, as 50 kW is lower than the power levels available on Tesla’s Supercharger network (which range from 72 kW to 250 kW). However, there are currently over 3,200 CHAdeMO charging points in North America, and the Electrify America network plans to add many more, so for some drivers, the additional charging options may be welcome.

What about a CCS adapter? Well, it’s complicated. There is a CCS adapter for Models S and X, but as Electrek reports, only the newest vehicles have the necessary hardware - others will have to be retrofitted - and it doesn’t seem to be on sale in the US yet. Stay tuned, and try to stay charged.


This article originally appeared in Charged. Author: Charles Morris. Source: CleanTechnica