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Quick-Charging Two In One: Tesla To Offer $1,000 CHAdeMO Adaptor For Electric Cars


Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

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Sometimes, going it alone is tough.

While Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] hopes to blanket the country with its own network of Supercharger electric car quick-charging stations, owners of its Model S electric luxury sedan can't use what will soon be a few hundred stations designed for the CHAdeMO quick-charging standard.

Until now, that is.

Tesla will offer a CHAdeMO adaptor for the Model S for sale online this winter.

The company had previously discussed offering this option in Japan, but it will be offered initially in North America. Adaptors for European and Asian markets will follow.

The adaptor itself will cost $1,000, along with an additional fee to enable quick charging in a customer's Model S if it was not previously ordered. This is the same procedure required for enabling Supercharging.

The package costs $1,400 when tacked onto the build sheet of a new Model S, or $1,900 to enable an existing car.

All 85-kilowatt-hour Tesla Model S cars are already equipped for Supercharging, the company notes.

Tesla Motors CHAdeMO adaptor

Tesla Motors CHAdeMO adaptor

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With CHAdeMO DC fast charging, Tesla says owners will be able to gain about 150 miles of range per hour of charging. That compares to 150 to 200 miles of range in 30 minutes of Supercharger use.

However, customers may appreciate the option of charging outside Tesla's own network.

Despite efforts to install 18 new Supercharger stations this past summer, Tesla appears to have only 23 stations up and running as of today's map on the company's website.

By comparison,the CHAdeMO standard has had a few years' head start over the Supercharger. It's the standard used by the Nissan Leaf electric car and the (very low volume) Mitsubishi i-MiEV as well.

There are currently 306 CHAdeMO quick-charging stations in the United States, and Nissan alone hopes to expand that number to 500.

Other electric cars, including the 2014 BMW i3 and 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, will use the new Combined Charging System (CCS, also known as SAE Combo).

The first CCS station recently opened in San Diego.

"EDITOR'S NOTE: We have updated a few details in this article to make some of the facts clearer. Our thanks to reader Brian Henderson for his suggestions."

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