Tesla drivers are rightly proud of their Supercharger network, but there are times when it would be convenient to use another public charging station. In some regions, the lines at Superchargers are becoming longer, and new third-party public chargers are appearing all over the country.
In Europe, Tesla has equipped Model 3 with a CCS plug, and it offers a CCS adapter for Models S and X, so European Tesla drivers can easily use most non-Tesla charging stations. In the US however, it’s not so easy – Tesla offers a CHAdeMO adapter, but owners are still waiting for a CCS adapter.
Now network operator EVgo has announced that it will collaborate with Tesla to install the automaker’s proprietary connector at its stations around the country. EVgo has already added Tesla connectors at 5 of its stations in the San Francisco area. EVgo has over 750 fast charging stations nationwide, but it hasn’t said how many of these it will make Tesla-ready.
EVgo recently announced that it will be acquired by utility holding company LS Power.
“EVgo’s new program features integrated Tesla connectors installed at all EVgo public fast charging stations in the City of San Francisco,” the company announced. “We expect the program to expand nationally from there in 2020. EVgo’s new integrated Tesla charging provides up to 90 miles of charge in about 30 minutes at one flat per minute rate, with no additional fees.”