Model S Owners Are Unhappy With a New Adapter Allowing Other EVs To Charge at Tesla Chargers
JDapter Stub is a Tesla Charge Station Adapter, a new controversial car accessory that allows a Telsa AC powering charging station to recharge a J1772 car, like a Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, Audi eTron, Volvo SUV, GM Spark EV, Volt and Bolt, VW eGolf, etc.
It doesn't work with electric cars, which are sold in Europe, but only for those EVs that are sold in North America and Japan. This adapter costs nearly 400 US dollars and here is how it works.
But it also has 7 Notes.
NOTE 1: JDapter Stub will NOT work with the Tesla Supercharger - Direct Current (DC) charging
NOTE 2: JDapter Stub will NOT work with vehicles with European Mennekes Type 2 inlets
NOTE 3: JDapter Stub will NOT work with Tesla UMC / mobile connector / HPWC / wall connector with European Mennekes Type 2 plugs
NOTE 4: JDapter Stub will NOT work with TESLA Roadster charge stations. JDapter will, however, work with Tesla Roadster using Tesla or aftermarket supplied J1772 adaptor
NOTE 5: DO NOT EXCEED 40 AMPS
NOTE 6: It is not recommended to use at over 264 volts on most EVs, except the 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV and 2014 and newer Mercedes B-Class ED / B250e
NOTE 7: Some second generation Tesla char
There is an active discussion going on in Tesla Model S Owners Group on Facebook and judging from the post not every Model S owner is happy about this adapter.
Some Model S Owners Resent
One person, looking at this negatively writes that Tesla owners paid for the network and some destinations are already showing signs of long queues and this is before the Model 3 hits roads en mass.In fact, TorqueNews had already predicted that Tesla Model S owners could resent the coming of Model 3. And now these Adapters. U.S. Superchargers are already crowded.
Another Model S owner also resented saying "Why should Tesla pay for the chargers, installation etc to expand a network to service their vehicles only to have Nissan and others use their equipment? Last time I checked Nissan was worth a lot more money and had more resources, yet I don't see them rolling out a destination charger system (other than 1-2 at Nissan dealerships only)! I'm for more EVs. I am not for stealing another company's devices for your own use."
Others Say Let Them Use It
But there are also good Model S owners who welcome this adapter and advocate for sharing and for more electric cars on our streets. They say "Let them use it."
One Model S owner, who favors this move writes "I like this, I know from a Tesla Corp perspective, they don't have a lot of incentive to allow their destination chargers to charge other vehicles. It's good for EVs, but not good for the "free" destination charger program that should be for Tesla customers. I want more EVs period. Tesla is doing a TON and has shouldered the burden, I wish other car companies would should more of the burden, but at the end of the day, if this helps EVs, I am OK with it. I wonder how Tesla will handle this going forward?"
Some EV advocates who own a Tesla and and Nissan Leaf will greatly benefit from this. "I want one for my Leaf because I know a ton of Tesla Destination chargers in my area that are never used and they are so close to Superchargers that Tesla’s would be better off not using them," writes another group member who apparently owns a Model S and a Leaf.
Overall, in my opinion it's a good idea if it is safely made.It was nice of Tesla to help with some free equipment. But this can only promote the business and the efforts to promote electric driving. So long as they use the chargers with the permission of the owning facility I see no loss here. However, at the end of the day the industry should come up with a uni-charging system. Like today you can go to any gas station and charge your car. In the same way, you should be able to approach at any EV charging station and charge your EV regardless of the type of the electric vehicle you drive.
What are your thoughts on this?