what is it and why is it so important for electric cars?

If Tesla Superchargers are open to all electric cars, now common in Europe, in the US only the brand’s cars can charge there. If the latest leaks are to be believed, that’s about to change with a pretty nifty solution called the Tesla Magic Dock.

For several months now, cars with a Combo CCS port have been able to charge at select Tesla Superchargers in Europe. First launched as a pilot program in the Netherlands, the success of third-party car charging has led Tesla to enter the world of open-ended Superchargers in other countries. In the US, the problem is a little different, but it seems that a solution has finally been found.

Supercharger is for everyone, but not everywhere

Last July, we told you that the Tesla Supercharger network would open up to all cars in the US in the future, but that hasn’t happened yet. As the deployment of various fast charging networks is different compared to Europe, the interest for Tesla and electric car drivers in general is huge..

Indeed, for comparison We have about 135 Tesla Superchargers and 120 Ionity stations in France. If we add other charging networks (Fastned, Totalenergies, Electra, Allego, Engie, etc.), we will greatly exceed the number of Tesla Superchargers.

On the other side of the Atlantic, there are more than 1,500 Tesla Superchargers in the US, with only about 800 Electrify America stations (which is Ionity’s equivalent). And these are almost the only two networks that exist, ie Owners of non-Tesla vehicles may experience major commuting issues as the number of stations is limited.

Charging on the Electrify America network // Source: Electrify America

If Tesla introduced a CCS adapter so that owners of Elon Musk’s cars could benefit from payments on the Electrify America network, the contradiction is currently not true : There is currently no way to charge the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5 or other Ford Mustang Mach-E sold in North America with Tesla Superchargers.

To make this possible in the near future, Tesla seems to have chosen a different way of doing things than what is done in Europe. In the US, the Tesla charging port is a proprietary format, while ours is a CCS Combo port for aftermarket vehicles. So, so far, two options have been possible for other brands to charge in the US: add a cable to the terminals already in place or use an adapter to charge there.

“Magic Dock” that allows all cars to be charged

The second solution appears to be preserved, but with an as yet unpublished implementation. Instead of car owners having to buy their own adapter to charge, the adapter will be hidden inside the charging station in a “Magic Dock”..

Tesla’s supposed “Magic Dock” will hide the CCS adapter

Details are yet to be released, but our understanding of recent leaks suggests thisafter the customer selects a charging station, the Supercharger cable must be inserted into the adapter located at the top left of the image above. After that, just connect the cable to your car with the adapter.

In Europe, the opening of Superchargers took some posing Logistical concerns, especially with the placement of charging ports on certain vehicles, given the size of some vehicles in the US, it could be even worse. We are especially thinking about electric pickups that do not have access to Supercharger parking lots and even have a charging port close enough to the terminal (the Supercharger cable is too short). .

In any case, this historic decision will undoubtedly allow Tesla to significantly increase its charging revenues and further ensure its hegemony in terms of fast charging across the Atlantic. No doubt more information will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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