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Interesting to see if others will bite. :unsure:

 

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This should have been done a decade ago.

Tesla's connector is obviously superior to CCS in a ton of ways. But Tesla missed the timing on this for truly opening the standards (not just paying lip service to "working with other makers") until CCS has gotten way too much of a toe hold in the mind of the SAE, OEMs, the public, etc. And CCS is now ahead of Tesla standard in terms of actually having published methods and means for bidirectional DC charging, whereas Tesla's is still "coming soon".

We need to be moving toward a single standard. Fragmentation of charging infrastructure is holding EVS back in a huge way in North America. I applaud Tesla for making bold moves to create the Supercharger network when other OEMs couldn't even spell EV. However, the timing of this smells like trying to get their fingers in the NEVI money pie, not "advancing the shift to electrification".

I want to be wrong on this. I want this publishing to be a domino falling on the way for reputable 3rd party Tesla to CCS and CCS to Tesla adapters. But I highly doubt it. My gut feeling says this has just kept us in VHS vs Betamax land for an additional 3-5 years longer than we would have been otherwise.
 

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It's a last ditch effort by Tesla to get some of that sweet sweet infrastructure money. If they can get any of the startups to bite, now their network isn't just for "1 manufacturer" and they are eligible. If this really was an attempt to advance electrification, the press release would have been accompanied by an adapter released to allow CCS cars on the Supercharger network. Based on this release though, I don't see that happening. This is what Elon was talking about when he said that the Supercharger network would be opened to other vehicles "by the end of the year".

Like has been said before, they should have done this long ago. The logistics of getting 10+ other automakers to switch standards now has passed the point of feasibility. Now, Tesla, (regardless of market share, still just one company) should adopt the "inferior" CCS standard as they have done in Europe, and stop complaining.
 
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