Tesla Confirms Model S CHAdeMO Compatibility for Japan

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 21

Model S to Be CHAdeMO Capable in Japan

Model S to Be CHAdeMO Capable in Japan

Via an adapter, the Tesla Model S will be able to plug into Japan’s vast network of CHAdeMO chargers when it goes on sale there.

Month-By-Month Inventory Of CHAdeMO Station Up Until Januar.  2,501 Units In Place As Of March 31st, 2013

Month-By-Month Inventory Of CHAdeMO Stations Up Until January. 2,501 Units In Place As Of March 31st, 2013

Tesla Motors spokesman Alexis Georgeson told International Business Times this via email:

“We don’t currently make CHAdeMO adapters for Model S.  However, we plan on offering these in the future in markets where there is demand.”

This isn’t the first time Tesla discussed CHAdeMO and it probably won’t be the last.

Does this mean that we won’t see Superchargers in Japan?  Would there really be a need?

Tesla now has most of its bases covered with this CHAdeMO adapter adding to the CCS adapter the automaker has been working on.

Source: International Business Times

Tags: , , ,

21 responses to "Tesla Confirms Model S CHAdeMO Compatibility for Japan"

  1. Anthony says:

    CHAdeMO is only 60kW of energy though, doubling the recharge time for the model S. That said the island nation is only 500 or so miles long, so in theory you’d only need two superchargers anyways – one northeast of Osaka and one north of Tokyo.

    1. Brian says:

      The CHAdeMO standard supports up to 100kW. Although actual deployed chargers are sometimes as low as 25kW.

      1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

        SuperCharger at 120kW is still 20% higher than peak ChaDeMo. And not as clunky either 🙂

    2. Suprise Cat says:

      From Wakkanai in the north to Kagoshima in the south, it’s about 2750 km street distance. Japan is not wide, but very long.

  2. Brian says:

    I hope they bring these adaptors to the US. Of course one would rather use a supercharger (faster, and free-er), but depending on the trip, a CHAdeMO might be more convenient. At least on the west coast.

  3. GeorgeS says:

    Does this require a software change as well?

  4. Bloggin says:

    Well, it is Japan, it’s either the japanese standard or nothing..lol But I am sure quite a bit had to be done with the Tesla charging system to allow communication with their system.

    Which means we will have a Combo Charger adapter in the states for Tesla models next year sometime.

    1. David says:

      Combo adapter is unneeded since there are no charger stations available. CHAdeMO would be useful here.

    2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      No. Tesla’s going to try to use the Supercharger network for market leverage. If they provided ChaDeMo, it’d encourage the installation of ChaDeMo, which would help the Japanese companies to sell their PEVs.

      1. io says:

        As if Tesla had anything to leverage, especially in Japan, where zero supercharger exists, and none has been announced.

        As if Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi would care one bit.
        http://insideevs.com/toyota-nissan-honda-and-mitsubishi-agree-to-jointly-development-of-charging-infrastructure-in-japan/

        Even in the US, the country in which Tesla is the most present and CHAdeMO deployment has been very modest, a CHAdeMO adapter still makes a lot of sense:

        19 Tesla superchargers (today): http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger
        vs
        368 CHAdeMO stations (in May): http://www.recargo.com/news/infographics/the_rise_of_electric_car_charging/

        MOD EDIT: Pulled out of ‘moderation’ – the site doesn’t like 4 hotlinks in a comment for some reason

        1. Jesse Gurr says:

          Keep in mind too that each supercharging station actually has 4-10 separate charge points. So there is probably over 120 charge points but at 19 locations.

          1. io says:

            …but Tesla quick-chargers share their output between two adjacent spots, so do we count per chargers or per plug?
            Should we update the CHAdeMO tally by counting Blink quick-chargers as two charge ports?

            I really like Tesla’s approach of offering lots of plugs at each site, and I wish CHAdeMO installs were as nicely laid out. But my point was, Tesla could leverage both instead of limiting their customers to just their own few stations; one doesn’t exclude the other.

            If Tesla was to provide a CHAdeMO adapter in the US, Model S owners could instantly quick-charge at TWENTY TIMES more locations than they do today.

            In Europe, this ratio climbs to 150x.
            In Asia… well, infinite.

  5. Spec says:

    That is great for Tesla in Japan. I think the majority of Chademo chargers in existence are in Japan such that they have a pretty good fast-charging network. With such an adapter, Japanese Tesla owners will be in good shape for fast-charging. A super-charging network would be icing on the cake.

    1. Spec says:

      Oh . . . there is chart there . . . and nearly 2/3s of the chademo chargers are in Japan.

  6. scott moore says:

    Where do I order my bootleg charge adapter 🙂

    1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      Probably where you order Super Famicom games and Hentai? 😉

  7. Roy_H says:

    Just a matter of time before the adapter is available world-wide. And I expect an adapter for the SAE J1772 L3 will be available shortly. There is no reason for Tesla to make it difficult for a Model S owner to find a place to charge up.

    The Japanese auto market is all but closed to foreign cars. Just high end and exotic, something like 99% of Chevrolet sales in Japan are the Corvette (and not a lot of those). Tesla will sell a few, but no where near enough to justify their own supercharger network.

  8. Just_chris says:

    oh god its just like mobile phones, ebooks, mp3’s and DVD’s all over again. It always ends the same way, people get to a point where they just bypass the system.

    This is such a drag on the industry, why can’t we just have one plug for DC and one for AC? or even better one plug and a system that changes everything in the background without me having to think about anything. Multi-region charging is what we need not a boot full of adapters. I buy petrol from a wide range of vendors why not electricity? Time to swallow pride and get on with it people, the car talks to the charger already so there is no reason to not have the same plug. This is really where governments should be getting involved at the end of the day poking to lumps of copper into the side of the car shouldn’t be the technical challenge that slows down the adoption of EV’s.

  9. Anderlan says:

    This should help out the guy with a Model S I saw in East TN–otherwise know as Chademo-every-45-miles-land.

  10. GregInTokyo says:

    I stopped by the Tokyo Tesla showroom today and had a chat with the sales guy. There are no plans for supercharger stations in Japan, nor the quick-battery change facilities demonstrated earlier. Japanese just simply do not drive as long distances on average as North Americans. Even though the country is long, you won’t find anyone other than long-distance truckers making that kind of trip. The ChaDeMo system is growing rapidly and it’s a given that trying to deploy anything else would be re-inventing the wheel.