The connector form factor has, until recently, divided users into Tesla and non-Tesla car owners. However, today we already have on sale the original Tesla adapter, which allows charging a Tesla car from speed chargers with CCS connectors, known to be available only to owners of Chevy, Porsche, BMW, and other non-Tesla cars.

The next step provides the ability to charge non-Tesla cars at Tesla-owned Supercharger AC stations; Tesla representatives announced this in the summer of 2021. Find out is necessary in this article.

Is it possible to charge a non-Tesla car on a Supercharger?

Using the special TCP to CSS1 adapter, it will soon be possible to charge almost any electric vehicle from direct current in a short amount of time.

Can a non-Tesla vehicle be charged at other Tesla stations?

The possibility of charging electric cars at Level 2 charging stations like the Tesla Destination has already existed and is already in use by some motorists. This type of charging station can be found, for example, near hotels or in mall parking lots. To connect, for example, a Chevy Bolt, an additional adapter has to be purchased.

What are the differences between Tesla charging stations: Supercharger and Destination?

The difference is the charging speed, which is due to the Supercharger’s increased power and constant current. Depending on the electric car model, 30 minutes may be enough time to charge an empty battery to 80%.

How is the charging rate different and how is it calculated?

One of the main indicators of electric car charging is MPH, which means how many miles the car will travel after an hour of continuous charging. Input power is also limited by the electric car’s power supply, which often does not exceed 48 amps for Level 1 and Level 2 chargers. But the supercharger is a constant current charging station (sometimes you can see the names Level-3 or DCFC), which is not subject to the limits of the electric car’s power supply unit. Although there is a limit to its speed. It is 5–10 times faster (depending on the electric vehicle) than, for example, charging from Level 2 connected to a NEMA 14-50.

How much will it cost to charge a non-Tesla car at Supercharger?

For example, for a Ford Mustang Mach-E owner, according to Tesla representatives, the price could be higher than for Tesla cars. It was also reported that the option of an increased price factor for electric cars that charge slowly has not been ruled out so that they do not take up space and create a long lines.

Today, even for Tesla motorists, the price is not fixed on that network and largely depends on the region. To charge a fully discharged Tesla Model 3 battery to 80% on average, you’ll have to pay $10 on the Supercharger network.

If you are interested in comparing prices, you can use the ready-made calculator by setting your own parameters.

How will charging on the supercharger for non-Tesla vehicles be handled?

To charge, for example, a Chevy Volt, you will have to install the Tesla app on your smartphone, through which identification and billing takes place.

What adapter is needed to charge a non-Tesla on a Supercharger?

You’ll need a TPC-to-CCS1 adapter (also called a Tesla to CCS adapter) to charge a Porsche Taycan or other non-Tesla car in North America.

How reliable is such an adapter? What are the difficulties and why?

The charging station communicates in its own language with the electric car, but the languages are different between the Supercharger and the non-Tesla car. Therefore, the Tesla to CCS adapter has not only a set of wires and housing but also a translator with its own software. To maximize the mutual compatibility between the charging station and the cars of different manufacturers, the software version is updated over time, so more recent adapters are theoretically more stable in operation.

How does the Tesla to CCS adapter work, and how is it different from other adapters?

The adapter connects on the Supercharger side. The other end of the adapter is inserted into the inlet of the electric car with the CCS1 connector.

Cost of charging a non-Tesla car at the Supercharger station (with a Tesla to CCS1 adapter)

  Chevy Bolt 65kWh Nissan Leaf 62kWh Volkswagen ID.4 77kWh
Tesla Supercharger • 150KW (DC) $10.14 $9.67 $12.01
EV Connect • Level 2 • 7.7KW (AC) $13.86 $8.4 $15.16
ChargePoint • Level 2 • 6.6KW (AC) $3.96 $2.4 $4.62

*Calculation is approximate, based on the average cost ($0.26/kW) of Tesla cars. Other data? Use the Supercharger calculator.

Where can I buy a Tesla to CCS adapter?

We are currently accepting pre-orders, notifying our customers when the adapters are available. As of today, we have information about prototypes from product suppliers. Probably one of the main manufacturers will be Setec power, which has experience in creating smart backward adapters for Tesla communication and CCS charging stations.

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