No question about it, the Tesla Supercharger network is a sweet deal for Model S drivers. A free, fast and sometimes solar-powered way to put more miles into your EV's "tank," Superchargers point to an entirely new paradigm for personal mobility. Still, despite an ambitious roll-out schedule in the US and Europe, the California start-up can't compete with CHAdeMO when it comes to the number of fast charging stations in the world today. Maybe that's why the automaker is going to join 'em, instead of just trying to beat 'em.

Officially, "coming soon" for a starting price of $1,000, a new item has appeared on the Tesla website, a CHAdeMO fast-charging adapter. The CHAdeMO organization (backed by both Nissan and Mitsubishi) has installed a grand total of 3,073 fast-chargers (as of October 4th). Most of those - 1,858 - are in Japan, but 897 are in Europe and 306 in the US. The number of Supercharger stations in the world today numbers in the dozens. Using the new adapter, Tesla says drivers will be able to, "take advantage of CHAdeMO's network of 50 kW charging stations" once they also enable the onboard Supercharger hardware. Using the CHAdeMO stations won't be as fast as a Supercharger (which can operate at up to 120 kW), but will allow drivers to fill up "at the rate of approximately 150 miles of range per hour of charge with locations primarily in the Pacific Northwest."

Tesla has talked about offering a CHAdeMO adapter for Japan and Europe (which makes sense, given the numbers), but this new adapter "is specifically for North American Model S." Look for it this winter.


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      Nick Kordich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cost to add CHAdeMO to other EVs: Nissan Leaf: part of a $1300 or $1650 package* at time of purchase only. Mitsubishi i-MiEV: part of a $700 or $2790 package* at time of purchase only. Zero S motorcycle: $1800 kit, available at time of purchase or retrofittable. * - Package availability depends on the trim level. The first Leaf package is available at the lowest trim level and includes a backup camera; the second is available at the next trim level (+$3020) and adds automatic LED headlights & fog lights. The first i-MiEV package adds heated mirrors and batter warmer; the second adds a backup camera, navigation and entertainment package with hands-free and steering wheel controls. The ES trim package on the i-MiEV is listed as not available. Unless dealer stock is available, the only option is to purchase the SE trim level (+$2000) plus the premium package (+$2790) to get an i-MiEV w/CHAdeMO.
      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, and look how well that turned out for us. LMAO!
      danfred311
      • 22 Hours Ago
      whatchu gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside your trunk
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      From what I understand, most of the CHAdeMO chargers in the US are under the Blink Network brand which is owned by Ecotality, which has filed for bankruptcy. Does anyone know the status of these chargers? Are they still operating?
        JakeY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        I think Nissan's loan is intended to keep the company still operational through the bankruptcy and from all the news reports I read, they will remain operational through the bankruptcy.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        I don't think Blink has most. But they have a lot. They're still working. I've used two since the bankruptcy. You can check Blink's site (blinknetwork.com).
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, DCFC prices have to change now. Having a Tesla sit there on the charger for 5 hours will make them realize that a flat rate isn't such a great idea.
        Rotation
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Rotation
        Hey, that was dumb. Pardon my poor math. I should have said 2 hours. Or about 5x the "normal" charge time (i.e. LEAF charge time).
        DarylMc
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Rotation
        In my opinion flat rate charging is a bad for consumers full stop. There must be many instances where a Leaf or Volt owner needs to top off the charge to reach their next destination or in the case of the Volt to avoid starting the ICE. I think flat rate charging is a bad idea if the goal is to increase the use of electric vehicles. It certainly wouldn't work for gasoline sales and I don't see how it makes sense for EV users to pay for more or less energy than they use.
          Rotation
          • 22 Hours Ago
          @DarylMc
          I agree. I don't know why Blink and EVgo made this mistake in the first place.
      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      A THOUSAND DOLLARS??? Are you kidding me? For an adapter??????
        Joeviocoe
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Dave D
        RONALD REAGAN??? Are you kidding me? THE ACTOR?
        Spec
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Dave D
        It's a $70K car. Heck, the rumble seat is an extra $2500.
        JakeY
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Dave D
        Keep in mind that the CHAdeMO socket itself is over $100 and that adapter this is fairly complicated (more complicated than the UMC which Tesla charges $650 for). Most adapters are simple pin-to-pin adapter (just connecting the right pins to each other), but this is impossible for the CHAdeMO adapter given CHAdeMO needs 9 pins to work and Tesla only has 5 pins. So this adapter has electronics inside to "emulate" some of the pins. It also has to handle higher current (125A). That's going to add to the cost. I was expecting an even higher cost than this.
        paulwesterberg
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Dave D
        If you think that is expensive just wait till you see how much they cost at Radio Shack!
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are 33 supercharger locations around the world, most with 8-10 superchargers, so the actual number of installed superchargers in the world is somewhere between 250 and 300.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        Good point. Do most CHAdeMO stations have just one plug? If so then they will get filled up quickly as there are more cars on the road that can use them.
          Grendal
          • 22 Hours Ago
          @Grendal
          Thanks for the info, Rotation. If those single chargers are in strategic positions then it makes a lot of sense for Tesla to add them in for their car owners. I'm sure that if demand was there then those stations could and would expand as needed. We are still early on in this thing. There have been mainstream EV's and EREVs for only 3 years. The fact we've got as many chargers around as we do is pretty impressive. By 2020 they'll probably be just about everywhere.
          Rotation
          • 22 Hours Ago
          @Grendal
          There are a lot more CHAdeMO stations around than supercharger stations. But yes they usually only can charge one car at a time. I don't think putting banks of 6 or more chargers makes sense in the CHAdeMO/CCS case. Tesla does this because they only want their chargers to be used for road trips. But CHAdeMO/CCS companies want their chargers' convenient locations so they can be used more often. Because of this, putting in only two chargers at a time but in more locations makes more sense I think.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        I think 4-6 is more accurate. It's still a lot.
      Electron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure about "$1000 adapter". How about an $100 adapter + $900 software upgrade?
      mustang_sallad
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Doc Brown had converted the Delorean to electric like any sane man would in 2015, they never would have had to mess around with trains in the wild west, as the powertrain could just run off of the Mr. Fusion.
      Smoking_dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      So this is an indication that the model S wil come to japan soon. Well also for the other Tesla owners this is great. In the netherlands, uk, denmark and norway there are a lot of chademo fast chargers, even in germany :D The "slow" rate of 150 miles of range per hour is enough to close the gaps in the network. especially in europe where the supercharger is currently under construction, this will help a lot. look at the map http://www.chademo.com/wp/ and suddenly tesla has a "huge" network ready to use. tesla does it right. instead of beeing limited to a non existent or incomplete network you can use now (almost) any socket. I am not a blind tesla fan, but this is GREAT. Especially with the supercharger network the chademo is a great addition to it.
        Joeviocoe
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        Yes, Tesla is doing it the best they can. They didn't wait for the SAE to stop dragging their a$$e$. They made their own. They didn't get their customers locked into some Japanese TEPCO standard that would have been a bulging eyesore on a Model S... The situation is not ideal. But during the development of the Model S.. it was the smartest move.
        Rotation
        • 22 Hours Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        Having to carry a pile of adapters because you chose your own standard isn't doing it right. Offering no assistance building an EV infrastructure because your own chargers can't be used with any other car isn't doing it right.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      1.21 Gigawatts?
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      So nice of Tesla Motors to be compatible with backward technology put on unsuspecting consumers by companies with decades of a head start.
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