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I charged a non-Tesla with a supercharger.this is how it went

Fredonia, New York — Tesla Release a small portion of the Supercharger network I connected to a non-Tesla vehicle a few weeks ago and as soon as the news hit, I downloaded the Tesla app to try and find one that was compatible charger Near Detroit and Los Angeles editors. First mistake! At the time of this article’s publication, there were no superchargers available near Los Angeles or throughout Michigan other than Tesla.The closest compatible charger was in Fredonia, NY

It’s about a 5 hour drive from my house, so I planned to go and try it out. Steed? Our long-term 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line. Proven to be a companion for epic electric road tripsoffering fast charging speeds and a considerable range between charges.

The preparatory work for charging a non-Tesla with a Supercharger is similar to that of many charging apps such as Electrify America and EVGo. Download the app, create an account and enter your credit card. Tesla makes getting started easy with clear prompts within the app. It’s a very smooth and fast app.

Things tend to go sideways when you arrive at your compatible Tesla Supercharger location. The first problem is simple parking logistics. Tesla designed the charger to work at the location of a Tesla vehicle’s charging port located on the driver’s side rear quarter panel adjacent to the tail lights. The cord was only made long enough for Tesla to get back in place and reach this location safely. Our estimate is that the non-Tesla EV could struggle unless he shares the location of his Tesla’s charging points (Polestar 2 and Hummer EV), at the very front of the car (Kia Niro EV, Hyundai Kona EV) or maybe the passenger side (Porsche Taycan and Audi E-tron GT). That’s not many cars. Most other EVs are located elsewhere.

for example, Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach E, Cadillac Lyric, Rivian R1S and R1Tand Lucid Air It’s all on the driver’s side, but it’s in the front – you can bet you won’t get the code if you put it back.

our EV6 There is another common location in the rear on the passenger side that presents a slightly different problem. If you park side by side with another Tesla, the two will fight over the same plug. In fact, he one of the charging spaces a Tesla owner could come to is rendered useless if we are plugged into the “wrong side” of her EV6. Unless you have a lot of open spots, this certainly seems imprudent and is not recommended. Queue angry social media posts for her 3, 2, 1….

Once you’ve sorted out the logistics of your situation, starting a charging session is easy and 100% complete through the app. Within the Tesla app, pull up on the Supercharger station you’re currently on, tap the specific charger you want to connect (clearly labeled with numbers and letters), then the big blue button that says “Unlock” Tap. adapter. ” This unlocks the “magic docks” that Tesla has installed in these charging stations. The Magic Dock is required because it includes an adapter from Tesla’s J1772 connector to the CCS (Combined Charging System) connector used on the EV6 and most other EVs. Tesla requires Magic Docks to be everywhere, which is why they are currently only available in certain locations. We intend to allow non-Tesla to charge. It takes only one second after pressing this button for the adapter to unlock. Once unlocked, the charger with CCS adapter drops out by grabbing the connector and pushing in. After that, all you have to do is plug it into your car. Tesla says he can take up to 2 minutes to start charging, but in our experience it only took 5-10 seconds.

After charging is complete, return to the Tesla app and tap Stop Charging. You can then unplug it and put the Magic Dock back where you found it. I’ve charged the EV6 on two separate occasions at this particular location and the start/stop process was seamless with no issues at all.

Top right: Charging performance with a supercharger.Bottom right: Charging performance with Electrify America charger

but!There is one (very big) problem with charging Several Non-Tesla EV with Tesla Supercharger: Charging speed. The maximum charging speed seen on both occasions to charge the EV6 was 42 kW, which is far from the 235 kW speed the EV6 is capable of. Why is the EV6 slow on the Tesla Supercharger? It comes down to the car’s electrical architecture. EV6 (and all other E-GMP platform vehicles hyundai) uses an 800 volt electrical architecture designed for fast charging with an 800 volt charger.of Porsche Taycan, Rivian R1T/R1S, and a few others. All Teslas on the other hand use a 400 volt electrical architecture and the Tesla Supercharger is a 400 volt charger. Under optimal conditions, the same charger that could only draw 42 kW from the EV6 could charge the Tesla at up to 250 kW.

Another 800 volt EV designed to accept 400 volt chargers is the GMC. Hummer EVs, GM is designed to support a 400 volt charging infrastructure without converter boxes or accessories. However, we haven’t tested the Hummer with a supercharger yet, so we don’t know its ultimate charging performance yet.

we asked Kia I received the following reward for this charging conundrum: “Kia is aware of some issues with EV6 charging in Tesla Superchargers and is working to resolve the issues.”

The final conclusion we can reach here is that Tesla opening up its Supercharger network Several EV owners.Instead of waiting about an hour or more for the supercharger to charge her EV6, I hopped in her Electrify America across the street and immediately pulled over. 230 Charging speed in kW. 10-80% in just 20 minutes. This is much more appealing than waiting hours on a slow charge. Now that I know the reality of charging EV6, this reality is Hyundai Ionic 5 and Genesis GV60too — with a Tesla Supercharger, there’s a good chance it won’t go back.

For those who have an EV that is Equipped to charge with a supercharger, the deployment of additional open stations is a huge plus to the ownership experience.other than the car used Plug and charge technology, the Tesla Supercharger experience outside of Tesla is faster and easier than connecting elsewhere. Additionally, Supercharger has proven to be far more reliable than the frequently broken Electrify America or the nationwide EVGo network. If you have a compatible vehicle and have a choice of Supercharger or any other charger, sign up for Supercharger every time.

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