Published on July 23rd, 2019 | by Kyle Field0
New Adapter From Tesla Allows European Model S & X Owners To Use Public CCS2 Stations
July 23rd, 2019 by Kyle Field
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.
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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