The first GOFAST 150 kW multi standard fast charger has been active since August, 2016 in Switzerland and many more will come. By 2018 GOFAST network should be present in 100 locations.
But how can Tesla Motors take advantage from this?
Currently Tesla’s electric cars are the only ones that can charge at such high rates, unfortunately they can only do it in Tesla’s proprietary Superchargers.
Until now CCS and CHAdeMO charging stations were seen by Tesla as slow and unpractical, but with 150 kW units things get interesting.
How difficult would it be to make Tesla’s cars compatible with these new 150 kW – non proprietary standards – fast chargers?
The European cars, not much. Tesla’s European cars already have the standard Type 2 inlet.
Tesla Motors is the only automaker to use the Type 2 advantages fully, because it can handle AC and DC current. While other carmakers use the Type 2 standard only for AC current and have to use the Combo 2 for DC. If Tesla Motors decides to use the 150 kW CCS chargers in Europe, it just needs to add two DC dedicated pins to the charging inlet and a firmware upgrade.
Electric cars with the CHAdeMO standard always require two inlets, one for AC and other for DC current. So the use of this standard in Tesla cars will remain possible only with an adapter. I don’t see Tesla adding a CHAdeMO inlet to its cars.
Tesla Motors company knows that CHAdeMO is a dying standard, this is why on 24th of February 2016 it became a member of CharIN association, responsible for the expansion of the CCS standard worldwide.
Replacing the Type 2 inlet with Combo 2, would make Tesla’s electric cars expansion a lot easier in Europe. Tesla’s drivers would continue to be able to charge in the Superchargers for “free” but get the possibility to use the CCS chargers when needed.
Having a Tesla car taking two hours to charge in a 50 kW charging station might annoy many people, but the introduction of 150 kW CCS chargers solves the problem. This is why the Combo 2 inlet in Tesla cars makes much more sense now than then.
I’ll be surprised if Tesla Motors doesn’t use the 100D variants and the Model 3 launch opportunity to add the Combo 2 inlets to its European cars. Maybe even before that since European sales have been disappointing.
What do you think? How much would the CCS standard support help Tesla’s sales in Europe?