CHAdeMO is a fast-charging method for electric vehicles proposed by the organization CHAdeMO. The organization was formed by Tokyo Electric Power Company, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Fuji Heavy Industries (the manufacturer of Subaru vehicles). Toyota eventually joined.
The CHAdeMO concept can provide a whopping 62.5 kW of high-voltage DC current, which can charge electric vehicles in less than 30 minutes. However, CHAdeMOs network of charging stations is 50 kW.
While the electric vehicle industry works to standardize charging systems to maximize compatibility, Tesla Motors is preparing to offer a CHAdeMO charging accessory for the North American Tesla Model S product line (online this winter), and it will be priced at $1,000.
A separate adapter is required for the European and Asian Model S. This charging accessory is only for Model S vehicles with Supercharging enabled, and is incompatible with the 40 kWh Model S. Owners of the 85 kWh Model S don’t have to worry, as those already have Supercharging enabled.
If you want to enable Supercharging, you have to pay $2,400 before your Model S is delivered, or you can do it after receiving the vehicle for $2,900. I know that you would like to have as many charging options as possible, but: Is this worth it?
According to Tesla Motors’ CHAdeMO accessory page, the charger can add 150 miles of range to the vehicle per hour that it is charged.
Tesla Motors’ own Supercharger network (not CHAdeMO) is very fast, has been deployed in numerous cities, and still is being deployed across the United States, giving Tesla Model S owners superior peace of mind. However, the addition of this accessory provides Model S owners access to even more charging stations across the US, providing greater flexibility and even greater peace of mind than ever before.
If you like to travel long distances frequently, I think it is worth it.
Speaking of long range, an Australian company is creating tuk tuk vehicles with integrated solar panels.
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