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Buy Chademo or wait for CCS Adapter?

Ivanpecuh

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Mar 22, 2021
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Hey guys, I just picked up my 2021 M3SR+ last week and debating whether I should buy the Chademo adapter or wait for the CCS Combo adapter to release in North America. I live in Surrey, British Columbia and the nearest Supercharger to me is a 15 minute drive whereas the closest BC hydro Chademo/CCS DC fast charger is only a 4 minute drive. I don’t have the option to plug in to my landlords house so I street park. Should I purchase the Chademo adapter or wait for the CCS adapter?
 

Tarpan

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Jan 2, 2021
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Have you seen any news about a CCS adapter release date from Tesla?
I couldn't see something that indicated it is coming to NA.

Based on that, if you need an adapter to CCS/Chademo, I would go ahead with the Chademo.
 

Ivanpecuh

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Mar 22, 2021
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Vancouver
Have you seen any news about a CCS adapter release date from Tesla?
I couldn't see something that indicated it is coming to NA.

Based on that, if you need an adapter to CCS/Chademo, I would go ahead with the Chademo.
I’ve only heard rumours online. I believe they released one in South Korea but no official release date for North America.
 

pb2000

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Dec 22, 2019
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The Setec adapter is now $460 USD, but SR+ cars can't charge over 50kW; that may be a limitation that even an official Tesla adapter can't overcome. Chademo vehicles are no longer being sold in North America, so you risk less and less chargers supporting it over time.

All that being said, do whatever you can to get home charging set up, even if it's only a 15A 240V circuit. Relying solely on DC fast charging degrades your batter over time, so it's best to avoid it.
 
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Ivanpecuh

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Mar 22, 2021
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The Setec adapter is now $460 USD, but SR+ cars can't charge over 50kW; that may be a limitation that even an official Tesla adapter can't overcome. Chademo vehicles are no longer being sold in North America, so you risk less and less chargers supporting it over time.

All that being said, do whatever you can to get home charging set up, even if it's only a 15A 240V circuit. Relying solely on DC fast charging degrades your batter over time, so it's best to avoid it.
Oh wow I didn’t know that information. Thats very helpful thank you! I’ll be moving to a new place in July so will definitely look for a plug in option at home to prevent battery degradation.
 
Dec 27, 2015
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After multiple failures, the latest firmware update 1.51 has made the SETEC CCS-1 to Tesla adapter function at upto 50 kW DCFC with our 2012 Signature Edition Tesla P85 Model S at an Electrify America CCS charger. So far, this is the only one I've been able to get it will work with. EVgo and Charge Point are not yet working for us with this adapter.


It is not something I would want to rely on. It is fussy to get working and charges much slower than the 120 kW we can pull from a Tesla Supercharger, but as a faster alternative to Level 2 charging when a Supercharger is not nearby, like the CHAdeMO adapter, it is great to have when traveling and may get better with future firmware updates. We paid $460 which is about the same as our CHAdeMO adapter.

 

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Vawlkus

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After multiple failures, the latest firmware update 1.51 has made the SETEC CCS-1 to Tesla adapter function at upto 50 kW DCFC with our 2012 Signature Edition Tesla P85 Model S at an Electrify America CCS charger. So far, this is the only one I've been able to get it will work with. EVgo and Charge Point are not yet working for us with this adapter.


It is not something I would want to rely on. It is fussy to get working and charges much slower than the 120 kW we can pull from a Tesla Supercharger, but as a faster alternative to Level 2 charging when a Supercharger is not nearby, like the CHAdeMO adapter, it is great to have when traveling and may get better with future firmware updates. We paid $460 which is about the same as our CHAdeMO adapter.

Have you had any luck with the PetroCan chargers? Someone posted getting better charging rates with them, but I’m trying to get that confirmed.
 

ArdeliaMapp

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Jun 7, 2021
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Hey, I'm new to the Tesla life (so new that I don't even have mine yet). Ordered Model 3 in May 2021 and awaiting. Is the adapter that the car comes with sufficient for adapting to public chargers?
 

pb2000

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Dec 22, 2019
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The car comes with a J1772 adapter for L2 charging @ 208/240V (32A for SR+, 48A for LR/Perf) and a mobile connector, for which you can buy various adapters for household (+RV park) plugs. If you want L3 charging (in addition to supercharging), you need the Tesla Chademo adapter or the Setec CCS adapter, both of which top out at 50kW.
 

ArdeliaMapp

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Jun 7, 2021
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The car comes with a J1772 adapter for L2 charging @ 208/240V (32A for SR+, 48A for LR/Perf) and a mobile connector, for which you can buy various adapters for household (+RV park) plugs. If you want L3 charging (in addition to supercharging), you need the Tesla Chademo adapter or the Setec CCS adapter, both of which top out at 50kW.
Ah, okay. I have a Siemens charger in my driveway from my previous electric car, an e-Golf. I think I'll be okay with the adapters the car comes with!
 
Dec 27, 2015
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Since the 1.50 firmware update for our SETEC CCS to Tesla adapter made it functional for charging our 2012 Signature Edition P85 Tesla Model S at Electrify America chargers, I thought I'd try it again at the local Chargepoint CCS DCFC station at Harley-Davidson in Cheyenne, WY where it previously would NOT work under firmware 1.41. This time it worked quite easily.

The firmware from SETEC is available on their website. It is used to update the adapter, not the car.

 

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