Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) will now offer CHAdeMO DC Quick Chargers priced between $1,000 to $2,900, after providing a range of options like powerful home units and supercharging platforms. The Quick Chargers will be available in United States this winter, while European and Asian market cars will have to wait a bit as they will require a different unit, according to the company.
Chargers a bit costly
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CHAdeMO adapters are costly to afford but seem to be better engineered than any other chargers available.
Price of the chargers will vary based on whether the Model S is already set up for supercharging. If the car is not set for supercharging then on-board activation will be required at first, and the charger will cost $2,400 for pre-delivery cars, and $2,900 for those who already own a Tesla Model S.
The price has been kept high because there are possibilities that only limited units of these chargers are being made.
Tesla’s Supercharger better
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has its own standard proprietary charger port, which is not compatible with other manufacturers’ cars. Chargers already provided by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) are faster than any other charger, but CHAdeMO DC Quick Chargers can be the second best alternative and more convenient for those on-the-road Model S drivers.
Using the new adapter, Tesla says drivers will be able to “take advantage of CHAdeMO’s network of 50 kW charging stations” though the CHAdeMO charger will not be as fast as a Supercharger it still can charge at a rate of 150 miles per hour, with locations primarily in the Pacific Northwest.
Other automakers supporting CHAdeMO chargers
Other car companies who are providing CHAdeMO chargers are Nissan, Mitsubishi, and other infrastructure vendors.
As of now, the CHAdeMO organization, which is supported by both Nissan and Mitsubishi, has installed total 3,073 fast-chargers, and the majority of them (1,858) are in Japan. In Europe, a total of 897 chargers are installed and 306 are installed in the United States. There are only a dozen supercharger stations in the world.