Tesla has reduced the price for the CCS upgrade of the Model S and Model X for V3 superchargers in Europe from 500 to 299 euros. The new price was negotiated by European Tesla clubs.
The new price is apparently valid throughout Europe – in Switzerland, 300 francs are being called for. As the German association Tesla Fahrer und Freunde (TFF) confirmed on Twitter, the English counterpart “sat down at the table with Tesla” and negotiated a new price for the CCS upgrade. “Since the V3 Superchargers only have CCS stalls, sooner or later it will be unavoidable for drivers of Model S and X to upgrade,” writes TFF.
Tesla has also confirmed the new price on their website. “The CCS Combo 2 retrofit service costs 299 euros including the cost of a CCS Combo 2 adapter,” it says there. The maximum charging capacity with the upgrade is 142 kW. But this figure is not set in stone: “Further information regarding peak charging capacity will be communicated as soon as it becomes available”.
With the introduction of the Model 3 in Europe, Tesla has for the first time brought a vehicle with a CCS charging socket onto the market; the supercharger stations in Europe have also been equipped with an additional CCS cable. Although the new V3 superchargers allow charging capacities of up to 250 kW, they only have a CCS cable. In other words, anyone who wants to charge with a Model S or X at a V3 station needs the CCS upgrade.
For this, the Model S and X require an adapter that allows the CCS cable to be connected to the Type 2 DC socket converted by Tesla. Vehicles built before May 2019 must also be converted – newer models have the modified on-board electrics ex-works.
With the CCS upgrade, the Model S and X can charge not only on the V3 superchargers but also on other rapid chargers.