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"New" Sources of Tesla 'OEM,' Tesla-like, and/or Third-Party CCS1 Adapters

Due to information/product vacuums caused when Tesla allegedly stepped in and prevented further sales of Korean CCS1 adapters to North America (e.g., by helpful businesses like Harumio), several new potential sources of adapters originated in 2022.

September 21, 2022 Update: Tesla North America has (finally) released the CCS1 adapter to its Canadian and U.S. customers. The adapter is available to all (four) Tesla models, provided cars are CCS-enabled. Hardware/software retrofits are coming in 2023 for cars currently without CCS capability.


"New" (in 2022) Sources of CCS1 Adapters
(Grouped by type.)
Source​
Price​
Specific Notes​
Availability
(in NA)​
Genuine Tesla Adapter
$250(US)
$325(CAN)
$340(CAN)​
  • Available on the Canada and U.S. Tesla websites.
  • Owner's manual here.
  • For Models S, X, 3, and Y.
  • Car must be CCS-enabled.
  • Factory-approved retrofits (including parts and labor) for non-enabled cars is coming (in 2023).
  • For those who prefer not to wait, successful DIY (do-it-yourself) procedures to enable CCS charging in recent (e.g., certain 2021 cars) and in older vehicles (particularly Models 3 & Y) may be possible. See numerous postings, starting with this Thread.
AVAILABLE.
Tesla-Adapter Copies
$325
$294
$319
$250
$235
$246
$251
$239

$216*​
  • Hansshow/Hautopart adapter may also be found on TesPlus website (for $200).​
  • See website for technical specifications.​
  • Stated to be for Models S, X, 3, & Y (car must be CCS-enabled).​
  • Website appears to use at least one photo of a Tesla OEM adapter.​
AVAILABLE.
$250
$200
$170

$185​
  • See website for technical specifications.
  • Claimed to be compatible with "all Tesla models."
  • Car must be CCS-enabled.
  • One reviewer claims charge rate is limited to 50kW? (Is this misdirected criticism of the original SETEC adapter?)
  • Graphic imagery suggests that this may be a different product than the Hansshow/Hautopart adapter.
AVAILABLE.
Independently-designed Aftermarket Adapters
$293
$270

$227​
  • Brand name: "Thunderstorm Plug."
  • Sold by registered TMC vendor (information available via @A2ZEVSHOP)
  • See website for technical specifications.
  • Design and engineering input originated from this North American company with business ties to:
    • Manufacturer Huizhou Olink Technology Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Works with applicable Models S, Ǝ, X, and Y, but:
    • Car must be CCS-enabled.
  • Note #1: Website CCS1 price frequently varies slightly, probably due to fluctuating Canadian-to-U.S.-dollar rates.
    Note #2: Other CCS1-related accessories (e.g., lock, case, ECU) are also available from A2Z Shop.
AVAILABLE.
In Development
-na-​
  • See website for more information.
  • In size and general shape, reminiscent of the original SETEC CCS1 adapter (see below).
  • Possible release in late 2022 or 2023.
Currently
Unavailable.​
* Includes shipping to North America.

Existing 2022 and Planned Adapters

Note: Adapter images are not to the same scale.​

Comments:
  • HOLIDAY DISCOUNTS - Check carefully. Various aftermarket products are for a limited time offering generous savings.

  • USE FOR AC CHARGING - As far as I know, CCS1 adapters are meant to be used only as DC charging accessories. No CCS1 adapter is necessary for AC charging (from 240v wall outlets and at Level 2 charging stations). TMC members have determined that Tesla and aftermarket CCS1 adapters seen so far lack certain key electrical connectors necessary for AC J1772 charging (e.g., see here). For charging a North American Tesla, you can use equipment with J1772 plugs only with a proper J1772 adapter. Despite the fact that J1772 plugs can be (misleadingly) inserted into the upper circular socket of some/all CCS1 adapters, I surmise that none of the CCS1 adapters listed in this post are usable with any J1772 AC Level 2 cable-plug device.

    Don't be misled--CCS1 adapters are NOT necessary for AC charging.


  • CHARGING LOCKS - Adapters designed for use in North American Tesla cars routinely come with a locking notch (at the bottom of the Tesla proprietary [TPC] plug that inserts into the charging port) that will prevent most unintended adapter-removal (i.e., theft) from the port during a charging session. Some manufacturers/suppliers are also addressing the second undesirable issue of having a CCS1 cable-plug/handle prematurely removed from the other end of the adapter during charging. See individual supplier webpages about any features designed to prevent undesired cable removal.

  • INTERNAL DESIGN - Most third-party CCS1 adapters appear to have a relatively simple straight "pass-through" circuitry design (with no or minimal amounts of solid-state circuitry components), as does the OEM Tesla adapter (I believe). The original SETEC adapter--with its battery-powered, CHAdeMO-mimicing software/hardware and 50kW charge rate maximum--is the notable exception.

  • CCS COMPATIBILITY - CCS1 adapters that lack on-board control circuitry (i.e., most/all adapters other than the original SETEC device) require that the car be "CCS-enabled." (In other words, some kind of CCS-allowing control electronics must be present inside either the adapter or the car.) In general, most Teslas from early 2020 to June 2021, and from November 2021 to present are so enabled; but check your car's CCS status before purchasing an adapter.
    • To check CCS status:
      • Center Touchscreen Display.
      • "Software" page.
      • Choose "Additional Vehicle Information" link.
      • Examine "CCS adapter support" status. Status should appear as either "Enabled" or "Not installed."
    • If "Not installed" (CCS incompatible), there may be DIY (do it yourself) workarounds, or you can wait until early 2023 for Tesla to sell service retrofits (as was done in Europe for CCS2 adapters there).
      ...
  • ADVERTISED CHARGING RATES - For several reasons I am no longer reporting charging rate specifications; in part because the new (2022) adapters all claim a maximum charging rate of at least 150kW, up to 250kW (as does the Tesla OEM adapter).

    TMC Forum posts report widely varying charging rates for seemingly all CCS1 adapters (both Tesla and third-party). The reason is apparently that many conditions and factors--e.g., car model, age, and condition; the battery's initial charge level and temperature at the start of a charging session; and additional factors--may affect maximum and ongoing charging rates. Clearly the design and condition/health of the particular charging station being used makes a difference (with variation even seen among charging stations of the same company and at particular stations on different days). Also important: exactly when a reading is taken during a charging session. Charging rates rise and fall naturally over the course of a full session (here is one example). When a car starts with a relatively low battery level (say at 20% capacity), a moderately-high start, followed by an aggressive ramp-up, and then a gradual decline to completion is not unusual.

    Taking all this into account, a single charging rate index number may not be a particularly helpful (or honest) decision-making factor. Better, perhaps, would be a series of comparative charge-session graphs with conditions held relatively constant (e.g., 20%-to-80% charge sessions, batteries preconditioned to best operating temperatures, moderate ambient temperatures, use of the same charging station, etc.). Clearly we need someone like Tom Moloughney (YouTube "State of Charge" Channel) to objectively test, side-by-side, all the CCS1 adapter alternatives. In addition to comparative charge rates, I would also be interested in internal design, and build quality. (But I certainly do not want to dissect* my own, or indeed any, precious CCS1 adapter to investigate.)

    It is still early days, but one (still untested, afaik) hypothesis is that adapters with straight "pass-through" circuitry designs (including the Tesla OEM device) will all perform in generally similar fashion given the same conditions. If that proves true, the choice of product then comes down to factors other than maximum rate of charge; such as build-quality, safety features, cost, size and weight, availability, brand loyalty, purchase convenience, customer service, and so forth. I haven't looked inside an adapter, but I imagine that the size/bulk, design, and metallurgical content of electrical contacts and conductors will prove to be important (e.g., for resistance and hence energy loss through heat). This is DC high-voltage fast-charging, so you want beefy components here, people. Consider the analogy of purchase of a NEMA 14-50 wall receptacle from among several brands with different prices and/or construction/designs. They all work, but...

  • CAVEATS - Information (e.g., prices, descriptions) on some sites can change frequently and unexpectedly. Some initial products--and even one website--are no more. Again, be cautious. After a long wait, adapters are finally available from Tesla in North America. Therefore, many might now argue that the genuine CCS1 adapter (and factory hardware retrofits needed for some cars) from Tesla in North America are the safest course. But will Tesla supplies be consistently adequate to meet demand? We'll see. (As of 11/21/22, Tesla's ongoing stock of CCS1 adapters apparently continues to be satisfactory.)

  • VISUAL IMAGES - Photos here were 'borrowed' from their respective websites; as apparently were some photos on certain Tesla-copy product websites. It remains somewhat disconcerting when apparent photos of genuine Tesla OEM adapters are used to to portray non-Tesla merchandise. Prospective customers might want to ask sellers for the latest representative photographic evidence before making any purchase commitment.

  • DENOMINATION - Prices listed here are in US dollars.

  • CAUTION - Please note the alert (in red) at the bottom of this post.
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* @wk057 has a bench-top dissection of a CHAdeMO adapter here, showing all the control circuitry necessary (hence the CHAdeMO adapter's larger size, by the way).


Prior Sources of CCS1 Adapters
(In order of release?)

Source​
Price​
Specific Notes​
Adapter Type​
Availability
(in NA)​
$525​
  • Car must be "CCS-enabled."
  • Availability curtailed by Russia-Ukraine war.
  • First available for sale in 2020.
"Aftermarket"
Straight "pass-
through" circuitry.​
Currently unavailable.​
$640
  • Unlike other adapters here, charges at a 50kW maximum rate.
  • Requires onboard battery.
  • Runs off firmware that may require frequent updates.
  • Not always compatible with Tesla vehicle updates.
  • Can be used in any model; car need not be CCS-enabled.
  • First available (in North America) in late 2020.
"Aftermarket"
Hardware/software
used to mimic
CHAdeMO technology.​
AVAILABLE.
~$239 (US)​
  • See website (and use Google translate if necessary) for technical specifications.
  • Translation of owner's manual here.
  • Car must be "CCS enabled."
  • Ostensibly for Models 3/Y only (in actuality works with all CCS-enabled models).
  • Includes locking pin to help discourage unintended CCS1 cable-plug detachment.
  • Made for Tesla-Korea by Pegatron of Taiwan.
  • First available (in Korea) in 2021.
  • For a few months in 2022 was available to North American customers through selected Korean shopping/shipping businesses (e.g., Harumio).
"Tesla OEM"
Straight "pass-
through" circuitry.​
AVAILABLE
(in Korea).

Previous CCS1 Adapters

Disclosures and Alerts:
  • In 2022 I purchased two Tesla-Korea CCS1 adapters, along with aftermarket cases for those adapters, from Harumio in South Korea. (I found the process painless and convenient and staff there helpful and professional.) I paid the standard Harumio retail prices. I do not own, nor have I seen or handled, any of the other CCS1 adapters.

  • More importantly, I have not received, nor am I or will I be receiving any payment or compensation in any form whatsoever from any company or individual regarding CCS1 adapters (or for that matter any other Tesla- or auto-related issue). All opinions, right or wrong, offered in this post are my own.

  • The third-party CCS1 adapter market continues to be competitive. Product specifications and information (especially availability and prices) can evolve suddenly and unexpectedly as the market adjusts to recent events. Therefore, information included here may be in error or out-of-date. If you choose to purchase a third-party product, always check with the seller for the latest information and discounts before buying. As with other Tesla-applicable accessories, consumers now have a choice of factory or aftermarket products.
 
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I was a bit surprised I could unplug the CCS cable from the adapter while charging and my car was locked. At least the adapter is still locked to the car if you leave your car unattended and locked.
I've been saying the same thing. But I've been told that you can't or should not be able to do that.
I've done it at 4 different stations now.
Thanks for the video, shows I'm not alone!

IMHO, I believe that the locking pin on the adapter is too short to cover the latch on the ccs handle.
 
I've been saying the same thing. But I've been told that you can't or should not be able to do that.
I've done it at 4 different stations now.
Thanks for the video, shows I'm not alone!

IMHO, I believe that the locking pin on the adapter is too short to cover the latch on the ccs handle.
Not to mention, some of the Electrify America chargers I've used, the latch is broken so it wouldn't lock it anyways. At least the CCS adapter is locked to the car.

Another point to consider is if someone was to try to unplug and was unsuccessful, it most likely stopped the charge and it won't restart. Not sure if the charger is able to know it's still plugged in and may charge idle fees. I don't think a push notification is sent to your Tesla App saying charging has stopped or the cable unplugged. Guess I will have to test this too.
 
Adapter arrived today and looks just fine. Just a WTF Tesla moment seeing the shipping packaging. 😂 Like they grabbed it off a pallet, stuck a UPS label and off she goes!

I received mine yesterday. I really appreciate their effort to reduce packaging; all they need to do now is skip the plastic outer wrapper and apply the UPS label directly to the box.
 
I received mine yesterday. I really appreciate their effort to reduce packaging; all they need to do now is skip the plastic outer wrapper and apply the UPS label directly to the box.
That is what they do for their other accessories. Like the aero wheel caps or Mobile Connector. Not even sealed. UPS label right on the box. Someone could take the 14-50 if they wanted.
 

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Sneak peek :
We have successfully done testings on the safety pin locking ring. Works like a charm, locks everything in place, even if you force the release button. Production has started, release by the end of the month.

The locking ring will be free with all new and previous orders.

It works the exact same way as the locking ring sold for the J1772 adapter.

- A2Z EV
 

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Testing A2Z Adapter this weekend...

Thanks for providing this. (As OP) I have no problem with people contributing test information and videos. In fact I personally welcome such contributions.

I have not yet played your video yet, so I don't know what you reveal or what you say. I look forward to viewing it.

And I am not a moderator or in any way part of the Forum staff; just a fellow member of TMC.

The only thing I personally would prefer to see, is a disclosure (in TMC posts) from any author offering serious critical content (good, neutral, or bad)--when said content claims to offer facts that go beyond pure opinion and speculation--as to whether or not they are receiving any benefit or reward (e.g., salary, bonus, cash, discount (beyond what is available to all customers), free merchandise, vacations in the Bahamas, etc.) from any vendor, business, (government) agency, or company related to electric cars, and to properly identify that/those entities.

Not saying that (a) you need to do this or (b) you haven't done it; I don't know yet. Just saying that that is among the things I've come to look for in judging the merits of important critical content; here, on YouTube, and elsewhere.*
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* I've done some critical, comparative pieces (e.g., interior LED lights; CCS1 adapter cases). Not sure I've always provided disclosures? I'll have to check.
 
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Thanks for providing this. (As OP) I have no problem with people contributing test information and videos. In fact I personally welcome such contributions.

I have not yet played your video yet, so I don't know what you reveal or what you say. I look forward to viewing it.

And I am not a moderator or in any way part of the Forum staff; just a fellow member of TMC.

The only thing I personally would prefer to see, is a disclosure (in TMC posts) from any author offering serious critical content (good, neutral, or bad)--when said content claims to offer facts that go beyond pure opinion and speculation--as to whether or not they are receiving any benefit or reward (e.g., salary, bonus, cash, discount (beyond what is available to all customers), free merchandise, vacations in the Bahamas, etc.) from any vendor, business, (government) agency, or company related to electric cars, and to properly identify that/those entities.

Not saying that (a) you need to do this or (b) you haven't done it; I don't know yet. Just saying that that is among the things I've come to look for in judging the merits of important critical content; here, on YouTube, and elsewhere.*
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* I've done some critical, comparative pieces (e.g., interior LED lights; CCS1 adapter cases). Not sure I've always provided disclosures? I'll have to check.
I can assure you that I always provide accurate testing. This video unboxes the adapter, so there is not much other than my first impressions. I will be testing at an EVGO I've tested at before on the weekend. Since these adapters are passive devices, things like the state of charge, pre-conditioning, outside temperature, and the charger's ability (volts/amps) affect the peak charge rate. One thing that most don't consider when comparing CCS peak rates to v3 Superchargers is that v3 Superchargers have a higher amperage (A) than Electrify America or EVGO are rated at 500A, whereas v3 can peak at higher than 600A. In most cases, the charger limits the peak CCS rather than the adapter. I'm just glad we have additional charging options now.

Fact: Tesla is the only car in North America that can charge at any EV charging station regardless of the plug (J1772, Chademo, CCS & Tesla). You just need to have the appropriate adapter.
 

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...Fact: Tesla is the only car in North America that can charge at any EV charging station regardless of the plug (J1772, Chademo, CCS & Tesla). You just need to have the appropriate adapter.

That's right. With the release of the Tesla CCS1 adapter, drivers can now go anywhere in North America where there are (most kinds of) home, business, marina, and park AC wall outlets; home, destination, and (free/for fee) public Type 2 AC wall connector charging equipment; and full (Tesla Supercharger and third-party) DC fast charging stations. No other brand (besides maybe the upcoming Aptera) can do that, yet.
 
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Fact: Tesla is the only car in North America that can charge at any EV charging station regardless of the plug (J1772, Chademo, CCS & Tesla). You just need to have the appropriate adapter.
Is there an adapter to enable modern Teslas to charge on the old Tesla Roadster plug? It was a different plug type, and PlugShare shows there are still some public Tesla Roadster EVSEs out there.

I'm not really trying to be critical; the number of Tesla Roadster plugs in use today is trivial, and most of the ones I checked also have modern Tesla or J1772 plugs at the same location. I'm more idly curious about whether an adapter is available.
 
Is there an adapter to enable modern Teslas to charge on the old Tesla Roadster plug? It was a different plug type, and PlugShare shows there are still some public Tesla Roadster EVSEs out there.

I'm not really trying to be critical; the number of Tesla Roadster plugs in use today is trivial, and most of the ones I checked also have modern Tesla or J1772 plugs at the same location. I'm more idly curious about whether an adapter is available.
Sorry, I should be more specific, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model X, and Tesla Model Y (S, 3, X, Y). I know the old Tesla Roadster can charge using a special J1772 adapter called "The CAN" developed by Henry Sharp a member of the TMC. Don't think there is an adapter to charge at a Roaster charger. Good question.
 
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I finally got to testing the A2Z ThunderStorm CCS Combo 1 Adapter. I peaked out at 206kW at the charger (203kW on the Tesla touchscreen). Very impressive. Anything over 40% should be as fast as a v3 Supercharger, as you only peak out at 250kW for a minute or so. I now can charge at almost any charger available using the J1772 & CCS Combo 1 adapter. Not to mention the money I can save charging compared to charging at Tesla Superchargers. I know that in some areas, Tesla is cheap, but here in Canada, it's quite expensive. In this test, I added 27.8 kW (34%) for $2.90 USD.
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