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Tesla’s CHAdeMO quick charge adapter is now compatible with the Model 3 (update: Tesla backtracks)

Tesla has sold a CHAdeMO quick charge adapter for Model S and X for a while now.  When Model 3 hit the road using the same plug as the S and X, people assumed the adapter would work with the Model 3, but early tests showed that it did not.

That seems to have changed today with an update to Tesla’s shop, which now states that the Tesla CHAdeMO adapter is compatible with “the North American version Model S, Model X, and Model 3.”  It has also been added to the “adapters” section of Model 3 accessories.

Update: not long after this post, Tesla changed the text in their shop again, and it now states that “CHAdeMO is not compatible with Model 3,” contradicting the page from earlier today (which you can see via Wayback Machine).


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Review: EVgo finally gets an app but does it improve DC fast charging?

YEARS in the making, EVgo this week released their first app for consumers on both Android and iOS. I’ve tried it on both platforms and have gotten similar results in a little over a day of testing with two separate EVgo 50kW DC fast chargers. I tested both the Chevy Bolt with CCS SAE Combo charger and the Tesla Model X with Chademo adapter. So, how’d we do?

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Utah, Colorado & Nevada team up to create 2000-mile network of charging stations “from Denver to Salt Lake City to Las Vegas”

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Utah, Colorado, and Nevada are three of the nation’s leading examples when it comes to EV ownership. Each is host to a number of charging stations and Colorado even offers a stipend to potential EV owners when shopping for a vehicle; in fact, it’s one of the most generous states in the nation in that regard.

Those states’ governors announced on Monday that they will be teaming up on a new initiative to create an EV charging network, making travel for EV owners easier than ever.

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Tesla is working on a charging adapter that can support both CHAdeMO and SAE J1772 DC

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Charging protocols and standards are fuelling an ever evolving debate in the electric vehicle industry. Some are calling for a global standard, while others are just fine with multiple infrastructure efforts using different adapters. Where does Tesla fit in this debate? The company has been developing its own charging infrastructure called “Superchargers“, while offering a range of adapters to let Tesla owners use other charging networks.

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BMW and Nissan announce a partnership to deploy 120 fast-charging stations in the U.S.

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BMW and Nissan jointly announced today an important partnership to deploy DC fast charging stations at 120 locations across 19 states. The locations are equipped with Greenlots-networked charging stations, which include both CHAdeMO and CCS (Combo) connectors, suitable for all DC Fast charging-capable electric vehicles in the U.S.

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The Chevy Spark EV gets fast charging option [video]

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A nice option for a truly impressive little EV car. However 20 minutes for every 80 miles of drive time doesn’t really let you take long trips (vs 20 minutes for 170 miles on the Tesla Model S.

It would also have been nice if Chevy was compatible with Nissan/Toyota/Mitsubishi’s CHAdeMO Fast DC chargers so the companies could blanket more the the country with compatible chargers.

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