We briefly mentioned charging with a CHAdeMO charger in our study of different all-electric vehicle (EV) connector types. Today we take a closer look at this type of charging system, including CHAdeMO charger cost. CHAdeMO is a quick-charging system developed in Japan and used all over the globe. CHAdeMO is an abbreviation of “CHArge de MOve,” a nod to its fast-charging capabilities. The charger’s name comes from the Japanese phrase “O cha demo ikaga desuka,” or “How about a cup of tea?” in English. This is in reference to how long it takes to charge your car: only as long as it takes to drink a cup of tea.
While CHAdeMO charging is used worldwide, it is by no means ubiquitous. Only 22% of the world’s EVs and 15% of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are equiped with a CHAdeMO inlet. While no Tesla to date has been manufactured with a CHAdeMO inlet, Elon and Co. do produce an adapter that allows Tesla drivers to charge at CHAdeMO stations. As a result, about 13% of all Tesla vehicles worldwide can be charged with a CHAdeMO charger. All Japanese brands sold in North America can be charged at CHAdeMO charging stations.
How Much Does a CHAdeMO Charger Cost?
It depends. Prices for charging are going to vary from location to location. A quick perusal of the various plans on EVgo’s website reveal that charging using a CHAdeMO charger is in line with using a standard level-2 charger. Charging will run around $1.50 per hour and monthly plans begin at around $7.50 for unlimited charging. This really isn’t too bad when considering I spent around $4.00 to charge my Nissan Leaf at a level-2 charger a few weeks ago.
As we mentioned previously, most Nissan dealerships have a CHAdeMO charging station installed at their locations. The best part is, you can pull your Leaf up and charge for free! If you really want to save money on charging, this is definitely the way to go. Now I just have to figure out what time they put out the fresh donuts so I know when to take my car for a charge…
Can Teslas use CHAdeMO Chargers?
Short answer: no. Not without an adapter that is. The inlet on Tesla cars is designed to fit only with Tesla chargers. Up until July of this year, Tesla only offered CHAdeMO compatible chargers for the Model S and Model X. This issue for Model 3 owners has since been rectified and now all Tesla owners can purchase a CHAdeMO compatible adapter.
Tesla offers a CHAdeMO adapter in their online store for exactly $450. This adapter will work with all models, although updated firmware is required for Model 3 compatibility. If you’re really brave, there are other companies selling CHAdeMO adapters for your Tesla for as little as $200. Not sure I would recommend a third party when it comes to anything involving electricity however.
What do our readers think about CHAdeMO charging? Any Tesla owners have an adapter from Tesla or a third party and care to comment? Please drop by the comments section below and let us know.
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