Tesla to add CCS connector to Superchargers in the US

By Jorge Aguirre
Tesla Superchargers in Taiwan with Tesla and CCS connectors
Tesla Superchargers in Taiwan with Tesla and CCS connectors
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The CCS (Combined Charging System) has become the standard for electric vehicle charging over the last few years.

When Tesla first debuted the 2012 Model S, the CCS charging connector didn't exist. In fact Tesla developed its proprietary Tesla connector because there wasn't anything capable of fast DC charging.

Today, the CCS connector supports charging speeds up to 350kW.

For comparison, Tesla's latest v3 Superchargers can currently charge at speeds up to 250kW, although Tesla plans to update v3 Superchargers later this year to support up to 324kW.

Tesla already offers Superchargers with CCS connectors in several regions, but they will now begin adding CCS connectors to Superchargers in the United States.

Tesla will add the CCS connector in addition to Tesla's own connector. This will give non-Tesla owners access the extensive charging network, Elon Musk said.

This announcement follows the path announced by the CEO to eventually open its Supercharger network to all-electric vehicles globally.

Non-Tesla electric cars have been allowed to charge at select Tesla Supercharger locations in France, the Netherlands, and Norway since November.

Allowing Superchargers - which account for more than half of all fast chargers in the United States to charge all electric vehicles would be easier and less expensive for everyone involved, and it would substantially improve the landscape of the current fast-charging infrastructure.

CCS is the obvious charging standard to go with, given that Tesla, like many other manufacturers, has already accepted CCS standards in Europe and its Supercharger stations are already equipped with CCS connectors.

Tesla's cars and Supercharger stations in North America use its own proprietary connector, which has rendered Non-Tesla owners unable to use Tesla's fast-charging infrastructure.

It also prevents Tesla owners from charging at other DC charging stations, unless they spend a considerable amount of money purchasing a CHAdeMO or CCS adapter.

Speaking at the Financial Times Future of the Car summit, Musk said they will add the connectors even if it lessens their competitive advantage over other automakers.

“It's a little trickier in the US because we have a different connector than the rest of the industry, but we will be adding the rest of the industry connectors as an option to Superchargers in the US. We are trying as best as possible to do the right thing for the advancement of electrification, even if that diminishes our competitive advantage,” Musk said.

This is comparable to Tesla's approach in Europe when the Model 3 was originally introduced with the CCS standard. Both Tesla and CCS connectors were installed at new Supercharger stations, and the carmaker also began retrofitting some existing stations.

Last year, the Taiwan EV Charger Equipment Supplier and Manufacturer Advancement Alliance declared that CCS should be the country's charging standard, forcing Tesla to retrofit CCS connectors to all Superchargers.

Tesla upgraded Superchargers with CCS connectors in addition to their proprietary connectors a few months after the decision.

Tesla's CEO gave no indication of when the company planned to begin installing CCS connectors at stations in the United States.

Is Your Vehicle Compatible?

The connector the US is using differs slightly from the CCS connector in Europe. In the US it's known as CCS combo 1, or CCS1 for short. This is the connector that Tesla will support in the US and it is not interchangeable with CCS2 that is used in Europe.

Tesla is already selling an adapter to go from CCS1 to Tesla's plug, but it is currently only available in South Korea. Tesla is likely to make this adapter available for sale in the US in the future.

However, your Tesla will need to specifically support the CCS adapter. If your Tesla was built after May 2019, then it likely supports the CCS adapter. If it was before then, then it will need to be retrofitted if you plan to charge using the CCS 1 adapter.

You can check whether your car supports the CCS adapter by going to Controls > Software and tapping Additional Vehicle Information.

You can also find more information about how to check whether your car is supported, the cost of a retrofit, and the cost of the adapter in our CCS adapter article.

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Tesla software update to address display restarting due to CPU overheating

By Jorge Aguirre
Tesla to address display restarting in certain situations
Tesla to address display restarting in certain situations

Tesla has issued a new recall affecting 129,960 vehicles from 2021 and 2022, due to an overheating issue with the infotainment center CPU.

The automaker has discovered a fault where the center display may become laggy due to the CPU overheating when the vehicle is pre-conditioning the battery pack for Supercharging or while it's Supercharging.

“A lagging or restarting CPU may prevent the center screen from displaying the rearview camera image, gear selection, windshield visibility control settings, and warning lights, increasing the risk of a crash”, Tesla wrote in their recall notice.

Tesla claims to have discovered the issue during standard endurance testing. Although there have been no reports of wrecks or injuries, the company has received 59 warranty claims from January to early May.

Luckily, just like past recalls, the automaker will be able to fix the issue with a software update. The Recall Report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety reads:

“On May 3, 2022, Tesla began deploying an OTA firmware that will improve the management of the CPU temperature and associated communications with elevated temperature operation. This remedy will mitigate temperature elevations in the CPU when the vehicle is fast-charging or preparing to fast-charge, which will prevent slow processing or restart.”

Tesla will contact the specific owners with an official recall notice, expected to be mailed July 1, 2022.

Tesla’s ability to issue over-the-air software updates in order to fix most of the issues that have led to official safety recalls lately, highlights the effectiveness of their approach to in-car operating systems and connectivity, a feature that seems to be gaining fast adoption by other automakers, and will surely change the landscape of the automotive industry.

A typical traditional recall, in which affected owners must bring their vehicles in for service, could easily bankrupt a carmaker, which must pay for labor and parts to perform the repairs.

Affected vehicles appear to be limited to those with Ryzen-based CPUs, Tesla's latest MCU. MCU 3 provides increased responsiveness and faster loading apps such as streaming services and the web browser.

If you have a Tesla with a Ryzen-based CPU and have experienced a delay when using the touchscreen or had it restart randomly, you may see improvements when this fix is rolled out.

The fix is expected to be in later revisions of Tesla's 2022.12 updates.

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Everything we know about the next FSD Beta, version 10.12

By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla's FSD Beta 10.12 may be released this week
Tesla's FSD Beta 10.12 may be released this week
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According to Elon Tesla may release FSD Beta 10.12 with several key improvements this week.

The last major beta, version 10.11 started going out in early March, but most testers didn't receive it until v10.11.2, which was released in April.

We hope this beta will go out a little quicker than the previous one, but it's certainly shaping up to be an exciting release.

Updated Vehicle Models

FSD Beta 10.12 will contain new, more detailed vehicle models, at least for its sedan model, but it may include updated models for all the various vehicle types.

The current sedan visualization is fairly abstract. It doesn't have wheels or many details. The visualization is modeled after Tesla's key fob for the Model S.

FSD Beta can recognize far more things than it can display on the screen. However, the visualizations are an important way of how the vehicle communicates with us on what it sees and understands. So with Beta 10.12 Tesla is including a more detailed sedan model that has wheels and doors.

Although FSD Beta has been able to detect open doors for a while now, the model will now visually show us if any nearby cars have open doors by highlighting the door in yellow.

Improvements to Unprotected Left Turns

Unprotected left turns have been a key focus over several betas and we're apparently going to see further improvements in 10.12.

Crossing over multiple lanes when turning left can be intimidating, even for some human drivers. Tesla has been making continuous improvements to make unprotected left turns more efficient and human-like.

For example, the car will now sometimes start inching slowly, anticipating the last vehicle to pass so that it can complete the turn promptly and be out of the way of any further traffic.

According to Elon, FSD Beta 10.12 will specifically improve "tricky" unprotected left turns.

Chuck Cook on YouTube does a fantastic job covering some of these left turns. Below you can see how the latest FSD Beta does taking a left turn onto a primary street with a divider.

Heavy Traffic

In Beta 10.12, we're also expecting to see improvements in heavy traffic. I haven't seen too many issues with the beta in traffic, except that sometimes the car has a tough time differentiating between a parked vehicle and a vehicle that's just waiting.

I've encountered situations where the beta tries to go around a car that is stopped due to a traffic light or traffic and the beta waits for just a few seconds before trying to go around the vehicle.

Hopefully, this is one of the areas that Elon is talking about when he refers to improvements in heavy traffic.

Single Stack

Elon also mentions that Tesla is making good progress on single stack. Single stack refers to a single set of technologies that will be used for both highway and street driving.

FSD beta is great, but once you get on the highway, you're right back in the old production version.

FSD Beta is far from perfect, but driving on city streets is a completed task and the beta actually does quite well trying to figure things out.

When we start looking at Autopilot on the highway and some of the issues it still has, like bouncing between lane markings or a sudden attempt to center itself in a lane that has become wider, those issues are practically non-existent in city driving.

So while single stack won't be included in beta 10.12, it's good to know that Tesla continues to make progress.

When Tesla is finally able to complete their single stack software we should see huge improvements in highway Autopilot use.

Release Date

The last FSD beta started going out more than a month ago, so a lot of users are definitely itching for an update. Elon said earlier this week that beta 10.12 is "probably" going to wide release this week.

The beta could be in QA testing now, but it unlikely that it has been passed on to employees yet as release notes usually get leaked when that happens.

Hopefully, some of us will be greeted by that sweet notification this weekend, prompting us to install the latest beta.

Update: Elon tweeted today, Friday, May 6th that there have been "many upgrades to core code, so taking longer to debug issues. Probably Wed/Thurs release." So it looks like we're still a week out from a public release of beta 10.12.

Based On New Build

Lately, FSD betas have been a little behind the times. The latest beta is 2022.4.5.21, which is roughly two major versions behind. That means that FSD Beta testers still don't have seat heaters in the launcher, Dog Mode in the Tesla app, browser improvements, vehicle preconditioning improvements and more.

Most non-FSD Teslas are now on a 2022.12 release and 2022.16 is expected shortly.

While it's unlikely that the beta 10.12 will be based on a brand new upcoming build like 2022.16, it's almost certainly going to be based on 2022.12, which will please a lot of testers.

It appears that Tesla is as cautious as ever with beta releases. Lately, it has taken several revisions of a beta before Tesla releases it to everyone.

Tesla says they're now at 100k beta testers in the US and Canada, so they're right to be cautious, but it's not easy waiting.

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