Get a Sneak Peek: First-Ever Tesla NACS to CCS1 Adapter in Action!

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Exciting news for EV enthusiasts! We’ve got an exclusive look at a game-changing adapter, making it possible for authorized CCS1-equipped electric vehicles to charge at Tesla Superchargers. While the market boasts various EV charging adapters, none have cracked the code for non-Tesla EVs to juice up at Tesla Superchargers in North America—until now.

The snag? Tesla Superchargers play hard to get, with an authentication process exclusively serving power to authorized vehicles. Traditionally, only Tesla cars got the green light to use these Superchargers. But hold on, big changes are coming!

Ford kicked off the shift by adopting Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector. Following suit, Acura, Fisker, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rivian, Polestar, and Volvo all pledged allegiance to the NACS, planning to integrate it into their vehicles from 2025 onwards. The catch? Existing EVs from these manufacturers need an adapter to tap into Tesla Superchargers.

Tesla is crafting its NACS to CCS1 adapter, but it’s not a solo act. A2Z EV, a Canadian company in the EV adapter game, has stepped up. They sent me a sneak peek of their NACS to CCS1 adapter for review.

I tested it on a Tesla Model 3 at a V2 Tesla Supercharger. Admittedly, the charging speed was capped at 72 kW due to power-sharing with another vehicle. My bad for expecting more! Next stop: a V3 Supercharger and a magic dock location for a more comprehensive test.

In an exclusive interview, I spoke with Amine Zitour, A2Z EV’s founder, and CEO. He shared insights into the adapter, emphasizing that it’s a prelude to the final version. A2Z is actively working with automakers, incorporating their feedback to gain official approval. Stay tuned for a follow-up video on the enhancements made.

The adapter packs a punch at 300-amps, delivering a continuous 120-kW to a 400-volt battery EV and 240-kW to an 800-volt system. Zitour revealed it can handle more than 300-amps briefly without breaking a sweat. Many EVs can gulp down high power for 5-10 minutes before tapering off, and this adapter keeps the flow.

Zitour pledged to keep me posted on updates, aiming to deliver the final product by year-end. While pricing and ordering dates are still in the works, expect details in the coming months.

Exciting times lie ahead for EV charging compatibility! Check out the video and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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