Tesla CCS adapter coming to US. Will your car support it?

By Nuno Cristovao

All Tesla models in Europe either have a CCS or the older Type 2 charge ports instead of Tesla's proprietary port. This lets Tesla owners charge at a variety of charging locations. It also made it easier for Tesla to open up their Superchargers to other vehicles with the CCS standard without having to make any hardware changes.

Tesla to release a CCS adapter in the US soon
Tesla to release a CCS adapter in the US soon

In the US, Tesla still releases cars with their own charge port. This could be a problem in the future as more third-party chargers become available and Tesla owners aren't able to use them.

Tesla recently created and released an adapter that goes from CCS to Tesla's connection, allowing you to use CCS-based chargers. The adapter is available now in South Korea and is said to be launching in North America soon.

Does Your Car Support It?

However, it looks like not all Tesla's will be able to support CCS charging due to hardware requirements.

In software update 2021.40, Tesla now shows additional information about your car. If you go to Controls > Software and tap Additional Vehicle Information, Tesla will now show you two additional details that weren't exposed before.

One is which cellular bands your car is capable of connecting to. Some cars before 2016 can only connect to 2G and 3G networks. With AT&T shutting down their 3G service early next year, these cars will be left without a cellular connection, unless owners opt for an upgrade.

The next new bit of information will show whether your car will support Tesla's CCS adapter. The screen shows ‘CCS adapter support' and then shows whether the hardware required for the adapter is installed in your vehicle or not.

Tesla will show you whether your car supports its CCS adapter
Tesla displays whether your car supports its CCS adapter
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In Europe or Model 3 vehicles already come standard with a CCS charge port so there's no adapter necessary for them. However, for Model S and Model X vehicles, Tesla states that they will support the CCS adapter if they were built after May 1, 2019.

According to Paul Quinnell who received the update and drives a 2018 Model 3 in Canada, his car does not have support for the adapter.

Adapter and Retrofit Costs

If your car isn't support then Tesla can upgrade your car for about $340 USD in Europe. Tesla is expected to offer a similar service in the US. The price includes the CCS adapter itself.

For vehicles that can support the CCS adapter directly, the adapter can be bought directly from Tesla in the future. It currently costs about $250 USD in South Korea and could be slightly cheaper when it's released in the US.

Future of Tesla Charging

It's not clear whether Tesla is planning to switch to an all CCS solution in the future, where future cars will come with CCS ports and Superchargers will have CCS cables, or whether Tesla is simply getting owners ready for non-Tesla charging solutions.

As more electric vehicles are released and become the norm rather than the exception in the future, there will be more charging locations and Tesla simply won't be able to be everywhere. Giving owners the ability to charge at any charging location with the common CCS adapter will make sure that Tesla owners are not at a disadvantage.

Note: Tesla will also be adding WiFi support to Superchargers in the future.

Cybertruck to be waterproof and serve as a boat briefly, may also appear in Cyberpunk 2077

By Kevin Armstrong
Cybertruck may appear in Cyberpunk 2077 game
Cybertruck may appear in Cyberpunk 2077 game
Cyberpunk

Cybertruck deliveries will start next year, but if you can't wait that long, you may want to head for Night City. Cyberpunk 2077 has teased that the highly anticipated vehicle in the real world may appear in the popular video game. But, if that's not enough, Elon Musk announced another exciting and unique feature for the futuristic-looking truck - it will be waterproof.

Let's start with the floating Cybertruck, which should not be a shock to anyone following the Tesla CEO. He bought the Lotus Esprit that James Bond used to jump off a pier and transform into a submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me. He purchased the movie prop for just under $1 million in 2013 and told USA Today, "I was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform. What I'm going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real."

In 2016 he tweeted that the Model S "floats well enough to be a boat," but he did not recommend trying it. Now he has claimed the Cybertruck could be used as a boat — briefly. Musk tweeted: Cybertruck will be waterproof enough to serve briefly as a boat, so it can cross rivers, lakes & even seas that aren't too choppy.

Cybertruck may appear in Cyberpunk 2077 game
Cybertruck may appear in Cyberpunk 2077 game
Cyberpunk

In a later tweet, he gave some idea of the distance he has in mind: Needs be able to get from Starbase to South Padre Island, which requires crossing the channel.

Twitter user @Erdayastronaut shed some light on why Musk would be singling out that area and distance. The tweet reads: "One of SpaceX's biggest problems is attracting talent to work at Starbase, which is extremely remote. South Padre is an awesome place to live, but it's almost an hour drive to Starbase despite being only 5 miles from Starbase because of the shipping channel." A quick check of Google Maps demonstrates what the user is describing.

South Padre is only five minutes from Starbase if you cross the channel
South Padre is only five minutes from Starbase if you cross the channel
Google

Musk's tweet also caught the attention of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Officials there seem to be a little concerned about the wording. The official account tweeted: Our derelict vessel crews are begging you to understand that anything that "serves briefly as a boat" should not be used as a boat.

CD Projekt RED also noticed Musk's tweet, and the makers of Cyberpunk used the opportunity to show two concepts of the Cybertruck as it would appear in Night City. Musk and Cyberpunk have had an ongoing relationship for a few years. Most recently, he demonstrated the power of the onboard computer's gaming system by playing Cyberpunk in a Tesla. However, CD Projekt RED did not mention if the Cybertruck in Cyberpunk would float.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable in the new Model S

Tesla hints at 'Reverse Summon' being available this year

Future Feature
By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla now mentions 'Park Seek' or what we know as reverse summon on its website'
Tesla now mentions 'Park Seek' or what we know as reverse summon on its website
Tesla

Tesla's team of Autopilot engineers is validating significant advancements to Full Self Driving Beta, including parking lot improvements. While Smart Summon and Reverse Summon were not specifically mentioned during the 3.5-hour AI Day 2022 event, parking lots were discussed, and Elon Musk gave a timeline of when enhancements are expected.

Reverse Summon or 'Park Seek' as Tesla appears to be calling it, is the opposite of Smart Summon. Whereas Smart Summon drives to you from a parking spot, users who activate Reverse Summon would have their Tesla drop them off at a location, perhaps closest to the entrance of a mall, and then find a parking spot. This feature was described by Musk on July 1, 2020, when he gave it a two to a four-month timeline.

Ashok Elluswamy, Tesla’s director of the Autopilot program, started the FSD portion of AI Day, saying, “FSD beta software is quite capable of driving the car. It should be able to navigate from parking lot to parking lot, city street driving, stopping for traffic lights and stops signs, negotiating with objects at intersections, making turns and so on.”

Several team members described how FSD has advanced and soon will be an integrated stack, meaning one code base that includes everything the program needs to navigate the car in a parking lot or on a busy highway. Musk is currently using this new stack, “it works quite well for me, but we need to validate it in all kinds of weather, like heavy rain, snow, dust and make sure it is working better than the production stack across a wide range of environments.”

Paril Jain, the Manager of Autopilot Motion Planning, expanded on what else will be included in the integrated stack, “we do expect to also include the parking lot stack as a part of the FSD stack before the end of this year. So, that will basically bring us to you sitting in the car in the parking lot and drive till the end of the parking lot, at a parking spot, before the end of this year.”

It has been previously reported that Reverse Summon would have three different modes to find parking spots that the owner prefers. The methods would include closest to the entrance, nearby a cart return, and the end of the parking lot for those who like to avoid tight spots that cause door dings. Musk said that the integrated stack is on track for release before the end of the year and maybe as early as November.

Tesla has also updated it's website to reflect this news, although no timeframe is given. The Autopilot section of Tesla's site now has a section titled "To your Destination." The description reads "When you arrive at your destination, simply step out at the entrance and your car will enter park seek mode, automatically search for a spot and park itself. A tap on your phone summons it back to you."

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