Tesla Motors has confirmed that the all-electric Model S luxury sedan will have a CHAdeMO quick-charging adaptor when the model goes on sale in Japan. The news was first reported in Japan, where CHAdeMo is the winning fast-charging option. The adaptor will make it possible for Tesla owners to recharge at almost 1,900 quick-charging stations across the country, Green Car Reports notes, where CHAdeMO is the DC-fast charge standard for models like the Japanese-made Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i.
More than 20 Tesla stores in Japan will start selling the model later this year, though no pricing has been announced. Tesla hasn't said whether CHAdeMO adaptors will be available for US versions of the Model S, which in November won Motor Trend's 2012 Car of the Year award.
The CHAdeMO quick-charging standard was established in 2010 and is supported by Nissan and Mitsubishi as well as Toyota. US and European automakers such as BMW, General Motors and Volkswagen are supporting the newer SAE Combo standard because of its ability to have a single charging port for both standard and fast-charging stations. Tesla doesn't like either of these protocols, and developed its own Supercharger technology, which is why an adaptor is necessary in the first place. No similar adaptor for the SAE Combo connector has been announced.