Charging a Tesla in Europe requires a bit different hardware than you’ll find in North America, but a recent update provides Model X owners an accessory directly from Tesla’s online shop.
While older Model X units may have gotten the charging adapter for free, and many were able to have service centers update their vehicle’s compatibility, new Model X customers will need to purchase the part themselves from Tesla.
Tesla is now offering the EU CCS adapter directly on their shop. Strangely only for Model X, for Model S it still has to be ordered via the App.
Tesla also specifies the max charge rate via the adapter for the first time: 142 kW@WholeMarsBlog @raffaeru @DriveTeslaca @TeslaStars pic.twitter.com/LOjWvQ9RNT
— Tesla_Adri (@tesla_adri) April 7, 2021
One user also pointed out that the adapter’s max charging rate is just 142 kW, suggesting also that the Model S and Model X need to start being made with a native CCS port, unless owners are expected to sit and charge their EVs for hours at a time. Alternatively, Tesla encourages users to practice home charging, though the installation can be costly if you don’t already have the option.
Earlier this year, many European Tesla owners faced a bug in software update 2021.4.3 which barred CCS/DC charging at third-party stations, but the bug was later fixed.
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