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Tesla Roadster Owners Get Third-Party Charging Adaptor, CAN Finally Charge

 
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Tesla Roadster To J-1772 Adaptor

Tesla Roadster To J-1772 Adaptor

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It officially ended production last year, but the iconic Tesla Roadster is still being developed and tweaked thanks to a few enterprising Tesla owners and fans. 

The latest must-have for any Tesla Roadster? A small adaptor that allows Tesla Roadster owners to charge their cars at any public J-1772 charging station, despite having a car with a mechanically incompatible charging socket.

Called The CAN, the tiny adaptor has been developed by Henry Sharp, a Tesla Roadster owner from Vermont. 

About the size of a soda drinks can, one side plugs into the proprietary charging socket on the Tesla Roadster, while the other offers a J-1772 inlet that can be used with any Level 2 charging station. 

Luckily, while the Tesla Roadster’s charge port is a physically incompatible with J-1772 charging stations, it is electrically compatible, reducing the adaptor’s complexity.

Tesla Roadster To J-1772 Adaptor

Tesla Roadster To J-1772 Adaptor

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To ensure no-one steals the tiny 6.6-inch long adaptor, Sharp has designed it with a small hole that allows the user to lock the adaptor onto their car. 

At $695, it isn’t exactly cheap, but the third-party device is cheaper than Tesla’s own, much larger,  J-1772 mobile connector by $75. 

Because the Tesla Roadster has such a small trunk however, the new lockable adaptor has already gained itself a significant fan base among Tesla owners unwilling to lug the $750, 4-foot official adaptor from Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] around just so they can charge. 

With other third-party add-on solutions like the Open Vehicle Monitoring System, Tesla enthusiasts continue to ensure that the Tesla Roadster remains up-to-date with electric car technology. 

It also makes the Tesla Roadster one of the most frequently modified electric cars on the market today. 

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Comments (6)
  1. This is the adapter Tesla should have offered from the start.
     
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  2. I hope that guy who made it has insurance against any lawsuits that may arise from its use.
     
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  3. Never thought about it, but inductive charging would seem to eliminate all plug compatibility issues (assuming the impossible - that our brainless govt can enforce compatibility in THAT technology). This is getting really stupid and not what the EV movement needs - utter confusion amongst the public about charging plugs, charging rates, etc. etc.
     
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  4. Induction charges have to have a standard too if it needs to be "efficient"...

    Plus, Induction charging will NEVER be as efficient as conductive charging.
     
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  5. UL approval?
     
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  6. The real question is - are any of the "adaptors" from OEMs or "third parties" that are specified for connecting to SAE J1772 connector charging units passing reviews like UL approval, other Nationally Recognized Testing Labs (NRTL per OSHA)reviews or specific safety tests (arc flash testing, etc.) by electrical professionals for this purpose? I would like to see an article on that topic as well as whether charging unit owners are comfortable with these "adaptors" being used on their public access charging units.
     
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