Tesla CCS Adapter retrofit for Model S and X
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Tesla CCS Adapter retrofit for Model S and X

Tesla is offering a retrofit CCS Adapter for Model S and Model X. CCS is now the standard for electric car fast charging cables in Europe. However, Tesla had relied on the Type 2 plug from the very beginning in Europe. In a modified version of the Type 2 plug, it allows charging with alternating current as usual and charging the battery also with direct current via the same plug type without an adapter on the supercharger. This is possible because Tesla works with a different assignment of the contact pins of the same car socket.

After the German automotive industry announced that it would use CCS as the standard in the future, Tesla also launched the Model 3 with CCS. However, Model S and Model X are only equipped with a TYP2 plug without CCS and therefore cannot be charged at charging stations with CCS.

So Tesla had announced a CCS adapter for Model S and Model X at the beginning of May 2019. It costs about 180 EUR. For vehicles built before May 1, 2019, a modification on the vehicle is also necessary for 500 EUR (this price also includes the adapter). For new cars the conversion is no longer necessary and the adapter is included free of charge.

Up to now you could only charge your Model S and Model X on Superchargers with the maximum charging capacity of 120 kW. Fast charging via CCS at public charging stations was not possible. The CCS adapter now offers Model S and Model X drivers the possibility to charge at Ionity charging stations with a possible maximum value of 150 kilowatts. Bjørn Nyland also shows this in one of his videos.

Tesla has published the user manual for the CCS adapter here.

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