Tesla begins Supercharger CCS upgrade ahead of Model 3 rollout in Europe

(Photo: Hans Noordsij)

It is still a couple of months before Model 3 deliveries in Europe are expected to begin, but Tesla is already starting the rollout of dual-charge CCS Superchargers in the region. The company confirmed last month that the Model 3 will be getting a CCS plug for Europe, while a CCS adapter will be introduced for the Model S and X. During its announcement for the Model 3’s charging standard for the region, Tesla noted that it would be “retrofitting our existing Superchargers with dual charge cables to enable Model 3, which will come with a CCS Combo 2 charge port, to use the Tesla Supercharger network.”

Tesla’s adoption of CCS (Combined Charging System) is a notable step for the electric car maker. CCS, after all, is prevalent in the region, being preferred by several European carmakers including BMW, Volkswagen and the Daimler group. The system combines the Type 2 design, which is used for slower AC charging at home or work, as well as with two large DC pins for rapid charging. CCS competes with the CHAdeMO rapid charging standard, which is being used by companies such as Nissan, Mitsubishi and Subaru.

Tesla owner-enthusiast Hans Noordsij visited the site of Tesla’s first dual charge Supercharger station, where he was able to take photos and meet Tesla staff who were working on the updated charging stall. Several details of the upgraded Supercharger were evident from Hans’ images, including a sign indicating that the new stations are “Model 3 Priority.”

One of Tesla’s first dual-charge, CCS-compatible Superchargers in Europe. (Photo: Hans Noordsij)

Speaking to Teslarati after his trip to the Supercharger, Hans noted that Tesla was testing the connection of a Model 3 to the dual charge station when he arrived. Tesla’s staff reportedly informed him that they were aiming to add CCS connectors to every Supercharger in the Netherlands sometime in January.

We reached out to Tesla for more information about its first dual charge CCS Supercharger in Europe. The electric car maker noted that the first upgraded stations are located at the Badhoevedorp Supercharger near the Corendon Village Hotel, just outside Amsterdam. The site currently has 20 Superchargers, and Tesla is installing 8 more stalls on the site, each of which is fitted with both a CCS and a Type 2 connector. When completed, 8 out of the 28 stalls in the location would be compatible with the Model 3, S, and X, while the remaining 20 would be compatible with the flagship sedan and SUV.

Tesla plans to fully retrofit Europe’s Supercharger Network with its dual charge CCS system, allowing the Model 3 to have access to Tesla’s expansive charging infrastructure. While Tesla is in the process of retrofitting its Superchargers with CCS plugs, though, Model 3 owners in the region could expect their vehicles to smartly suggest charging stations that are fitted with the necessary connectors. The location, as well as the availability of these CCS stalls, would be displayed on the Model 3’s display.

A Tesla Model 3 gets connected to one of Tesla’s first dual-charge, CCS-compatible Superchargers in Europe. (Photo: Hans Noordsij)

Europe is a pivotal part of Tesla’s strategy for the Model 3, considering that the premium sedan segment is twice as big in the region as it is in the United States. The Model 3 is already performing well in the US, despite the country being enamored by SUVs and pickup trucks. In a market where sedans are prevalent such Europe, the Model 3’s potential is vast.

Considering that Tesla is now rolling out CCS plugs on its European Supercharger Network, the idea of Tesla sharing its charging infrastructure with other electric cars emerges once more. Tesla’s head of global charging infrastructure, Drew Bennett, addressed this in an interview with Auto Express UK, where he noted that several EV makers have already reached out to Tesla about sharing the Supercharger Network.

“We’re definitely open to talking to other car manufacturers who want to have access to the network. Capacity is a driver for our investment; it’s new routes, new markets and then capacity. A lot of car makers have spoken to us about it, but we haven’t had any conclusive discussions on it. They’re still trying to figure out what they would need in a network, but we’re a couple of years ahead of them in terms of embracing the investment required to transition to EVs,” Bennett said.

Tesla begins Supercharger CCS upgrade ahead of Model 3 rollout in Europe
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