Tesla has dropped 25% off the price of its CCS Combo Adapter making the prospect of fast charging at DC fast charging station other than Tesla’s branded Supercharges an easier prospect for many Tesla owners.
Overnight, the adapter is now US $175, down from US$250. Interestingly, the company is not listing the lower price as a sale. So permanent? Available here at the US store.
In Canada, the price also dropped, down from CDN$340 to CDN$240. Available here.
The White House issued long-awaited final rules on its national electric vehicle charger network that require the chargers to be built in the USA, and with 55 percent of their cost coming from U.S.-made components by 2024.
The Biden administration has worked diligently on the new rules. After nearly eight months of debate, the White House this will jump-start the biggest transformation of the U.S. driving landscape in generations.
Companies that hope to tap $7.5 billion in federal funding for the EV charging network must also adopt the dominant U.S. standard for charging connectors, known as “Combined Charging System” or CCS; use standardized payment options; a single method of identification that works across all chargers; and work 97 percent of the time.
Tesla plans to incorporate the CCS standard and make other changes to its proprietary network that limits which EVs can use the Superchargers.
Tesla has made these changes in other parts of the world – Europe, China, for example – since at least 2021, and there is no logical reason this cannot be incorporated anywhere else.
The White House is partnering with Tesla to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the US, with the company opening at least 7,500 of its chargers to all electric vehicles (EVs) by the end of 2024, the White House announced on Wednesday.
Tesla’s agreement to open part of its proprietary car-charging network to drivers of other brands should make it far easier for electric vehicle (EV) owners to charge away from home, potentially accelerating adoption.
The 10 stations are now accessible to Dutch non-Tesla EV drivers via the Tesla app. Tesla is starting with a small number of sites so that it can “review the experience, monitor congestion and assess feedback before expanding. Future sites will only be opened to non-Tesla vehicles if there is available capacity.”
EV drivers of all persuasions have a lot of questions, and Tesla has answered most of them on its site.
Can other EVs with a CCS port use the Superchargers without an adapter? Yes. European Teslas have been produced with the standard CCS port used by other manufacturers since 2018, when the company began retrofitting European Supercharger stations with dual cables, so that they can charge Teslas equipped with either CCS or the Type 2 Mennekes connector previously used by European Teslas.
Will non-Tesla drivers will pay a higher price to charge? Yes, they will—the premium “reflects additional costs incurred to support charging a broad range of vehicles and adjustments to our sites to accommodate these vehicles.”
During the Tesla Q3 2021 Earnings Call this week, Martin Viecha, Senior Director of Investor Relations at Tesla acknowledged that “Supercharger wait times have become untenable at some locations.”
Zach Kirkhorn, the company’s Chief Financial Officer responded »
Yeah. And on the Supercharger side, the supercharging team monitors congestion and plans expansion to ensure customer experience with minimal wait times alongside the growth in our vehicle fleet. While we certainly have work to do in expanding capacity in some congested areas, average congestion on the network has decreased over the past 18 months. Nonetheless, we’re not standing still.
We are executing accelerating expansion plans globally. The network has doubled in the last 18 months, and we are planning to triple it over the next two years. And even so on an individual-site basis to combat existing congestion more quickly where it is isolated and problematic, we expedite local relief sites, deploy mobile Superchargers, and we try to introduce pricing strategies that encourage more off-peak usage to avoid the waiting.
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