Tesla Model 3 Adapter Allows Use Of Any DC Fast Charger

  • Based in Los Angeles, Warren Clarke loves providing readers with the information they need to make smart automotive choices. He's provided content for outlets such as Carfax, Edmunds.com, Credit Karma and the New York Daily News.

can be reached at wgcla@hotmail.com
  • Based in Los Angeles, Warren Clarke loves providing readers with the information they need to make smart automotive choices. He's provided content for outlets such as Carfax, Edmunds.com, Credit Karma and the New York Daily News.

can be reached at wgcla@hotmail.com
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pocket

Tesla’s Model 3 leads the brand’s fleet when it comes to affordability. However, the fastest charging options weren’t offered. For some time now, Model S and Model X owners could purchase an adapter that allows them to get juiced on DC fast chargers that aren’t part of the brand’s Supercharger network. However, for Model 3 owners, the Supercharger network was the only option. That’s changed with the availability of a new adapter made specifically for Tesla’s entry-level EV.

  • Tesla’s new adapter allows Model 3 owners to charge the car using third-party CHAdeMo DC fast chargers across the U.S.
  • CHAdeMo chargers provide about 100 miles of charge to a Model 3 in 30 minutes.
  • The new adapter is sold on Tesla’s website for $450.

“Super” trumps “fast” when it comes to charging technology. What I mean is, a DC fast charger isn’t as speedy as one of Tesla’s Superchargers. If you have a choice, a Supercharger is always the way to go. But, if you’re traveling cross-country with nary a Supercharger in sight, having access to one of these adapters could be a godsend.

Model 3 Now Compatible With Other Chargers

The move seems timed to coincide with Tesla’s international rollout of the Model 3. While the Supercharger network is a dominant force in the U.S., CHAdeMo chargers rule in countries like Japan for instance. As the Model 3 becomes available in these places, this new cable will allow owners to easily access compatible chargers.

Tesla’s CHAdeMo adapter is able to charge the Model 3 at speeds of up to 50kW. A Supercharger can charge at a rate of up to 250kW at one of Tesla’s new V3 stations.

The introduction of this adapter is great news for Model 3 owners. Even though Tesla has a pretty wide Supercharger network, there are still lots of shopping malls and office complexes across the U.S. that offer only DC fast chargers. This new adapter gives Model 3 owners more options in these locales.


About the Author

  • Based in Los Angeles, Warren Clarke loves providing readers with the information they need to make smart automotive choices. He's provided content for outlets such as Carfax, Edmunds.com, Credit Karma and the New York Daily News.

can be reached at wgcla@hotmail.com
Close Menu