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.