With CHAdeMO Adapter, Tesla Model S Will Be Able to Quick Charge at Over 330 Sites in US

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 9

Tesla Model S = The Quick-Charge Champ

Tesla Model S = The Quick-Charge Champ

The running tally for CHAdeMO quick charger in the US is at ~ 306 stations.

Tesla to CHAdeMO

Tesla to CHAdeMO

The number of operational Superchargers in the US is 26.

Combined, that’s over 225 quick-charge stations that will be able to juice up a Tesla Model S when the CHAdeMO adapter becomes available in the US this Winter.

There’s no other vehicle in the States that can lay claim to that level of quick charger access.

And with the CHAdeMO network expected to expand rather rapidly (thanks mostly to Nissan) and the Supercharger network growing at an unmatched pace (kudos to Tesla), the Model S will hold the quick-charge crown for year’s to come.

As CHAdeMO grows, so to does the Model S’ quick charge capability.

Likewise, as the Supercharger network expands, the Model S gets more sites to quick charge.

The only way that a vehicle will become more quick charge-capable than the Model S is if the CCS network (which today includes only 1 charger in the US) expands at a rate that it eclipses combined CHAdeMO and Supercharger installs.

Will that ever happen?  Maybe someday, but we think it’s safe to say that the Model S will hold onto its quick-charge crown for at least the next 5 years (but probably forever).

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9 responses to "With CHAdeMO Adapter, Tesla Model S Will Be Able to Quick Charge at Over 330 Sites in US"

  1. Wolfgang says:

    Not quite a fair comparison: Each supercharger station sports up to eight bays whereas typically a Chademo column has just one single port.

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Well yes, but last time I tried to say that there’s oh 150 Superchargers in the US, I got flamed…But I get and fully understand your point.

  2. Brian says:

    “The only way that a vehicle will become more quick charge-capable than the Model S is if the CCS network (which today includes only 1 charger in the US) expands at a rate that it eclipses combined CHAdeMO and Supercharger installs.”

    … And Tesla some how ignores the opportunity to create another adapter. Mark my words – that will not happen. If CCS explodes, Tesla will make an adapter for that too. They have even stated that such an adapter is much easier than CHAdeMO, since it is that much closer to the Supercharger standard.

  3. io says:

    Yep, pretty cool.
    As was pointed out at the time though, many QCs are missing from the listing the original article referred to. As of last May, Plugshare/Recargo was already counting 368 CHAdeMO stations, so I’d reckon there are between 400 and 500 today.
    http://www.recargo.com/news/infographics/the_rise_of_electric_car_charging/

  4. David Murray says:

    There is one problem that Model-S owners might face, though. Right now EVGo is one of the largest suppliers of Chademo stations. But they require a monthly subscription in order to use the stations. So if a Model-S owner is trying to make a long trip, comes across an EVGo station, they might have a hard time using it. Sometimes EVGo will give a courtesy charge, but there’s no guarantee of that.

  5. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Now the Tesla S will typically stay longer at those stations than the Leaf owners…

    Time to fight over the stations…

    1. Brian says:

      All the more reason we should be paying by the kWh, not per session. If they’re paying for the power, let them stay longer. It will create demand for more infrastructure.

      Honestly, if I had a Model S in the pacific NW, I would probably invest in one of these adapters. But if/when I use it, I would only stay long enough to gather the charge I need for my next leg. Most people will charge at home first, superchargers second, and CHAdeMOs third.

      1. bill howland says:

        Yeah Brian,, with our relatively high pwr prices here, and with continual closing of central pwr plants, It seems to me demand chargers have to increase. Therefore, without a colocated power source (solar panel, windmill, cng generator), I don’t see much incentive for them around here. Of course, our state wastes so much money I figure if they can waste money on other stuff, they can waste a little stuff in EV’s.

  6. George B says:

    Very shrewd move by Tesla. Wish the adapter was available a bit sooner, but this is great. Wonder if BMW will offer an adapter as well. They will have the same problem in Japan like Tesla did. It’s either an adapter or a car with a CHAdeMO inlet specifically built for the Japanese market. Wonder which will be easier.