By offering the CHAdeMO available for customers, Model S owners will be able to drive in areas that Tesla has not built Supercharger stations.
Tesla said that the CHAdeMO charging locations, primarily in the Pacific Northwest, will enable the Model S to hit 70 miles of range per hour of charging, but a full recharge of the Model S could take between 3 and 4 hours.
The CHAdeMO adapter plugs into the Supercharger port on one end and provides a CHAdeMO on the other side.
The CHAdeMO adapter is specifically for North American Model S. A separate adapter is required for European and Asian Model S. For Model S without Supercharging enabled, onboard hardware must be activated to use the CHAdeMO adapter. Every 85 kWh Model S is already Supercharging enabled.
Model S owners in the U.S. with a 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack can order the CHAdeMO Adapter for a $1,000.
If you don’t have a Model S with supercharging enabled, you’ll need to pay $2,400 for the adapter, plus hardware activation if you place an order before your Model S is delivered, or $2,900 if you’ve already got your car.