Tesla CCS adapter lands for US$250 to let some owners charge at Electrify America and EVgo
Tesla vehicle owners in the US will finally be able to charge their cars on the Electrify America, EVgo, and other public charging networks that don't have its Supercharger stations in their roster. Tesla has now released its Common Charging Standard (CCS) adapter plug in the US, two years after it went on sale in South Korea, and those with vehicles made after October 2020 can buy it from its web store.
The Tesla CCS Combo 1 adapter price is US$250 and it can sustain up to 250kW output should the fast charger against you be able to provide it. In order to buy the CCS adapter, you have to check if your vehicle is compatible in your account (Controls > Software > Additional Vehicle Information), or Tesla won't sell it to you.
"Some vehicles may require a retrofit to enable use of the CCS Combo 1 Adapter," it quips and it seems that those are cars manufactured before October 2020, with a charging ECU that needs updating.
For older cars, the retrofit will be available in "early 2023," promises Tesla. It is not clear why Tesla finally decided to launch the CCS adapter in the US, but the recent government subsidy push and EV charging infrastructure compatibility requirements may have something to do with it.
Tesla has also promised the federal government to open its Supercharger network to other vehicles in order to benefit from the taxpayer's largesse. In order to do this, it may simply outfit its stations with CCS adapters and call them Magic Docks, leaked schematics show. In the meantime, however, it takes care of its customers needs first by finally releasing its CCS adapter in the US.