CCS to Tesla charging adapter

CCS to Tesla charging adapter

Can anyone help me in optaining a CCS to Tesla charging adapter. I am planning a trip to Canada and want to use the Sun Country Highway DC fast charge but I notice that I will need a CCS to Tesla adapter. My service center in Seattle advises they do not carry it. I noticed that they are provided free in all European Teslas and want to find out how I can get one. I have tried to contact parts in Vancouver and Calgary and get voice mail. Does anyone have any ideas?

EVRider | 16 April, 2019

I don't know that you can get one in North America, and I also don't know if the CCS adapter in Europe is compatible with North American cars. Are there no superchargers along your route?

COrich | 16 April, 2019

The EU charging port for the model.S and X is different than that used in Canada and the US. The CCS adapter you have seen is for the EU version of the S and X. It does not work with the Canadian and US versions of the vehicles.

There has been no news about a CCS adapter for our Teslas so far.

wisam.alrawi | 16 April, 2019

I have friends in the Middle East who imported their Tesla from the US and they're running into this CCS issue. Tesla in the Middle East is using EU Model S and X. So those guys who imported their Tesla are right now out of luck.

CCS adapter for US made Tesla will be of a great help to those guys.

NKYTA | 16 April, 2019

Sounds like a lack of planning just to get the new thing.

What are SuperChargers, again?

wisam.alrawi | 16 April, 2019

"Sounds like a lack of planning just to get the new thing.

What are SuperChargers, again?"

Yup. That's what I recommended to them but they want to have the flexibility of using CCS chargers as well. Superchargers are only available in Jordan and UAE, at the moment. Other countries in the region may have CCS chargers but no Tesla Superchargers for the time being. Having that adapter as an accessory will be helpful to those guys.

mrporter6 | 17 April, 2019

I want to go to Canada and there is a couple big holes in the current SC system. There is a SunCountry Highway system of fast DC chargers but they require a CCS connection. I wonder how the Canadian Tesla owners get around this problem?

Anubis | 17 April, 2019

There are a ton of free level-3 CCS/Chademo chargers in my area, yet I can't use any (Canada). The Model 3 really needs a CCS adapter for North America.

DASM3 | 13 June, 2019

Just wan to add my 2 cents. I agree that Tesla needs to have an adapter to allow more flexibility especially the Model 3 as the CHAdeMO adapter they sell is only for model X & S. And no way to use CCS in North America

fgbusteed | 14 June, 2019

My guess is that there is some sort of marketing issue (ie: market control/legalities) stopping Tesla from making an adapter for CCS or CHAdeMO in the US. | 15 June, 2019

@fgbusteed - I'd never thought of that. It wouldn't surprise me if CCS and or CHAdeMO do not want to allow Tesla connections. Rather foolish, but they may have felt burned by offering a far inferior system than Tesla's charging system.

wisam.alrawi | 16 June, 2019

I'd like to bump up the issue with this as well.

US Imported Model 3 Teslas to Egypt need CHAdeMO access. US imported Model S and X need CCS adapter.
Probably other countries that Tesla do no serve at the moment import from the US due to lower pricing.
Any help to expedite the availability of those adapters is appreciated.

linda.dallis.smith | 23 June, 2019

I would like to get a CCS/CHAdeMO adapters as well.

kevin | 24 June, 2019

These new Charge America chargers only support CCS (200 kW) and CHAdeMO (50 kW). I had to drive all the way across the street to get to a Supercharger rather than charging at the hotel where I was staying. Whine.

reed_lewis | 24 June, 2019

There are many areas where there are no Super Chargers. Just because @kevin was able to charge locally where he was does not mean that everyone is able to. A good example is New London, CT. The nearest Super charger is an hour away.

Plus a lot of Canada does not have super chargers also.

fgbusteed | 25 June, 2019


The nearest charger that has anything over 5k is about 90miles away....NOT all the way across the street. Condescend somewhere else.

ccsccs7 | 25 June, 2019

Any North American CCS adapters will not function on CCS stations outside of North America as the connectors differ.

bmcompanies | 9 July, 2019

Need one of these as well. Electrify America is available at my gym

jnjeaniv | 14 August, 2019

So as a new customer, before closing on the car, what will I need to travel through North Dakota for work? Model 3

reed_lewis | 14 August, 2019

@jnjeaniv - I would get a CHAdeMO adapter, although looking at the map, that would not help too much either.

giskard | 15 August, 2019

Hopefully all those crews building Superchargers around Winnipeg will head south when they're done. There has been a lot more activity up north on the past couple of weeks. It's starting to give some of us northerners hope ...

vishalksh | 17 August, 2019

CCS adapter should be provided in USA and Canada as well. If it can be provided in Europe
then it should not be a problem to provide them in here. Because, here in BC Canada we have many of free fast dc chargers where we need that adapter.

reed_lewis | 19 August, 2019

I have the CHAdeMO adapter which now works with the S/X/3. It only gives you about 40 or so kW, but it is still better than A/C charging.

In Canada they have a lot of CHAdeMO and CCS charging stations, so if you are driving around there, it is a good idea.

Techy James | 19 August, 2019

While I am all for a CCS adapter due to better capacity versus CHAdeMO in North America, I also realize we are not just talking a simple 1 for 1 adapter to make the two adapters fit. You also have the Data communication between the Source (CCS Station) and the Target (Tesla Car Battery). In this case it's a safety issue, as the two must communicate or there is risk of more current being sent than battery can take.
I don't remember all the details, but there was reports of cell phones catching fire for exact same reason a third party charger was sending more juice than phone can handle and it caused the batteries to heat up to point the battery could explode.

sosmerc | 19 August, 2019

So in the end, when the dust settles, we really need universal "standards" sort of like "building codes" for electrical circuits in construction. If it could only be as easy as plugging in a toaster :)........

GHammer | 19 August, 2019

"If it could only be as easy as plugging in a toaster :)........"

Providing you dont want to use your toaster in other countries.

NKYTA | 19 August, 2019

+1 hammer - shouldn’t be unsolvable, but might be.

Earl and Nagin ... | 20 August, 2019

What if you happen to need 240 volts in the USA?
6-20, 6-30, 6-50, 14-30, 14-50, TT-30, . . .
Standardization only really works with commodity products.
Unfortunately, if we truly had one EV charging standard, it would be the first EV plug that was made the standard:
- We'd only have 15 amp J-1772 for 12 mph charging.
- Tesla wouldn't be here because they had to sell cars and the standard was not completed yet.
- Europe would still be different because they are careful to not use US standards.

sosmerc | 20 August, 2019

Just asking, but WHY does Europe (or anyone else) have to be careful to NOT use US standards?
(and with regard to 240 volts...can't we have a standard for that too?)

Earl and Nagin ... | 20 August, 2019

Welcome to the human race. The bible talks about the tower of Babylon where god cursed mankind by changing languages. That could be an answer.
For more secular explanation, I offer a few suggested answers:
1) different people have different ideas. The US believed that 220 volts was not as safe as 110 volts (perhaps the Edison -vs- Westinghouse (and Nikola Tesla), DC -vs- AC battle was involved).
2) parochial protectionism: They don't want it to be easy to purchase foreign-made appliances for use in their country
3) different tools for different things: CHAdeMO was designed for urban use of short-range EVs. They didn't expect for them to actually be used, they were primarily there just for peace of mind for EV drivers. Tesla designed Superchargers to support long distance driving. CCS initially was designed for slow charging speeds and to stall development in order to hurt Tesla and EVs by companies who did not want EVs or Tesla.
4) Optimize -vs- standardize: Sometimes someone comes up with a better way but not all agree.
5) Cheaper -vs- better: The classic VHS -vs- Beta VCR battle was between the better Sony standard which required a royalty to Sony -vs- a cheaper licensing fee for VHS.
. . . probably other reasons as well.

bryce | 9 October, 2019

So they just build a 300KW CCS combo charging bank at the walmart in Hesperia, CA I hear they may have plans to do this at all walmarts soon. But with that being said we need a working CCS combo adapter to be able to use these for teslas. It would really help me currently as there are no superchargers in the high desert near me. I have a type 2 charger at my home so im ok but when I need to charge faster I need to go down the pass and it takes a while plus those superchargers are only 72kw and always full currently.