A Tesla Model S 75D owner in the Netherlands was one of the first owners to get the CCS upgrade for his “type 2” (aka Mennekes) charging port from Tesla. The update includes a new adapter to allow owners to use a CCS2 DC fast charger to top up Teslas that did not come from the factory with the capability.
According to the owner, his 2018 Model S 75D was upgraded at his office by one of Tesla’s Mobile Technicians. After doing the work, the technician left the new Tesla-branded Mennekes-to-CCS Combo 2 adapter in the trunk. A quick test after the retrofit showed charging rates of up to 118 kW from one of Ionity’s new CCS2 charging stations on a vehicle with a state of charge of 40%.
Tesla’s EU support page says that the new adapters will enable charging rates of up to 120 kW using the new adapters, which are included as standard equipment on all Tesla Model S and X produced after May 1st, 2019.
The adapter retrofit cost the owner €500 (€413.22 excluding VAT), including the retrofit work. Tesla also sells the CCS Combo 2 adapter by itself for €170. That’s comparable in price to the CHAdeMO adapter Tesla currently sells for $450 in the US, but in a much cleaner package.
Hearing of retrofits happening for European customers is exciting, as the small adapter and a few minutes of work from a Tesla tech can provided highly useful new charging functionality. Granted, it is unfortunate that even vehicles from last year require a retrofit to work with the massive new network of non-Tesla public DC fast charging stations in Europe. Having said that, at least there is now an option.
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The real question at this point is not about adapters, but rather, about when Tesla will finally change out the charging ports on new Model S and X vehicles being sold to include the CCS Combo 2 as standard equipment. It requires a reworking of the charging port configuration, but it seems like an inevitability at this point. It would be a beautiful thing for European EV drivers of all makes and models, as the Mennekes and CCS Combo 2 standards play nicely together and allow for seamless AC or DC charging.
Compare this to the fragmented charging landscape in the US, with the staid J1772 holding down the level 2 charging fort at 6.6 kW or less, CHAdeMO and CCS Combo 1 vying for supremacy on the DC fast charging front, and Tesla rounding out the bunch. Tesla offers the widest range of charging options and speeds, of course, from level 1 AC charging up to 250 kW Supercharging (today’s max power). Adapters just add to that.
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Featured image credit: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica