Tesla is finally starting to move its charging standard to CCS compatibility and in Europe, it’s adapting its Supercharger stations.
We now take a first look at Tesla’s new dual connector CCS Supercharger.
Most new third-party fast-charging stations coming online in Europe are based on the CCS standard.
Tesla already has an extensive Supercharger network using the type 2 standard in Europe and in order for the network to stay relevant, Tesla said that it will start retrofitting European Supercharger stations with “dual charge cables” to support the existing connector and CCS standard.
The automaker already started updating some stations in Europe.
Roberto Di Gento spotted one of the first Supercharger stations, Badhoevedorp in the Netherlands, to receive the update (via Tesla Worldwide Owners group on Facebook):
The update comes just as Tesla opened orders for the Model 3 in Europe.
Deliveries are expected to start in February and the new cable is going to be needed for new Model 3 owners to use Tesla’s Supercharger network.
They are also going to be able to use other networks, like Ionity, which is actually giving more options to Model 3 owners.
Though Tesla says that it’s also working on a CCS adapter for Model S and Model X vehicles in order for them to be able to use more third-party networks.
The change looks as simple as adding a second charging cable to the Supercharger stall.
It’s going to be useful since Tesla needs to update over 400 Supercharging stations in Europe.
I’d be surprised if Tesla can update them all in time for the start of Model 3 deliveries in Europe, but they shouldn’t be too far behind.
Supercharger V3 stations are expected to also start being deployed around the same time.
At this point, there’s no doubt that V3 is going to have CCS in Europe, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla also starts to expand the standard to other markets.