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Tesla Cars Will Soon Be Able To Charge On Non-Tesla Chargers

European Teslas will be able to charge using generic standardised charging stations, it has been revealed, with adapters for Models S and X

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Teslas built for the UK and Europe will be compatible with the wider non-Tesla charging network, it has been confirmed.

Starting with the Model 3, which is finally due to make it to this side of the Atlantic in early 2019, new EU-spec models will have a Combined Charging System (CCS) port instead of the usual Supercharger one. Supercharger stations will be retro-fitted with CCS plugs before the Model 3 arrives.

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All this will allow Model 3s to access both the Tesla-built network already up and running in key places around the road network, and the ever-growing but as yet unreliable third-party chargers from the likes of Polar and Ionity.

Model S and Model X owners will be able to enjoy the same access courtesy of an adapter that plugs into the car’s charging port and then fits a CCS plug. These are expected to cost around £435, but the extra network access will make it worth people’s investment, according to Tesla.

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Speaking to Auto Express magazine, Tesla’s head of global charging infrastructure, Drew Bennett, said:

“There’s a lot of excitement about Model 3 coming to Europe and charging is always part of that conversation. We’ll be continuing to invest in our network – that’s a huge part of the ownership experience.

“But we’ll be enabling our owners to have access to the CCS networks that are starting to grow in Europe, so the Model 3 will have a charge port for the CCS standard and we’ll also have an adapter for Model S and X.

“All existing Tesla customers will be able to use the Supercharger network still, but these changes will allow people to venture outside the network – this is something that could really help our owners and is really exciting for us to be able to say that about the infrastructure in Europe.”

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Mainland Europe will receive Model 3 deliveries first; before summer as we understand it. The UK and other right-hand drive markets will have to wait until the second half of the year.

Source: Auto Express