CCS1 to Tesla Adapter Plug for North American

This article was updated on November 9th, 2020

This could be big news for US Tesla Owners!

Charging Tesla with DC Combo 2 (Model 3)

In this Tesla Club video from South Korea, you can see the charging processes, in which the charging station, which has a maximum load of 200A, is used to maximum capacity.

That’s just with 200A. The designers say it’s good for 300A so an EA charger (or my local Francis) should provide around 390V*300A = 117kW max charging which is a huge upgrade!

That would border on V2 Supercharger speeds!

brobot_ posted on Reddit

Per TESLA KOREA CLUB:

“It will be available in US and Canada, too. ccs1adapter.com will be opened for US and Canada drivers sooner or later. Thank you for your interest.”

These are some great charging speeds for a third-party charging accessory

Madison, Wisconsin Perspective

CCS Plugs

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I could see advantages if you often drive near one of these chargers, but on the other hand, you would probably be better off convincing your work office to install a Tesla Wall Connector, charge all the time and have that extra convenience.

CCS Plugs (70kW+ only)

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When I look around the area with PlugShare, I usually see 50kW chargers and if you filter 70kW or more, the chargers really run out. Walmart Supercenter on Nakoosa Trail is the only CCS charger in the Greater Madison area with over 70kW, at up to 350kW!

CCS Plugs (70kW+ only) + Tesla

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It's not looking so good it if you want more than 70 kW charging speed. You are still limited to the east side of Madison until Tesla rolls out the new west side Superchargers or more businesses add 250-350kW charging stations.

Greater Wisconsin Perspective

North Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

These would be quite helpful for Tesla drivers if you don't need to go through Oshkosh or can't make it with your current state of charge. Instead you could charge up at the Alliant Energy station in North Fond Du Lac (Plugs: J-1772 (slow), CCS/SAE (50kW), CHAdeMO (50kW)).

Alternatively, if you need a little more juice, you can instead charge in Beaver Dam at Piggly Wiggly station (Plugs: J-1772 (slow), CCS/SAE (50kW), CHAdeMO (50kW)).

Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Alliant Energy has a DC Fast Charging Station in Mineral Point at their office, which requires the Greenlots app and can be used free of charge. Charge up with their plugs: J-1772 (slow), CCS/SAE (50kW), CHAdeMO (50kW). This is about halfway between Madison and Dubuque.

Zooming Out Further

We start to see a nice trail of CCS plugs when we zoom out a little bit.

CCS Plugs (70kW+ only)

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Tesla Superchargers (70kW+ only)

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Final Thoughts

It is believed that this adapter supports speeds up to 300A, which would mean a maximum charging power of 117kW, which is not too shabby.

I see many of these options as good backup options because if you were fully charged from home you probably wouldn't need to use them at all, but I still think it would be helpful to have these as additional charging options if you can splurge on the $950 adaptor. Another use case could be charging while you're at grocery store etc. Hopefully, more chargers will pop up, like what's available at Walmart (with up to 350 kW charging rates).