As any electric car owner will tell you, the ability to quick charge your car from empty to full using a high-power DC quick charging station makes your car far more practical than a car that needs four or more hours to recharge to full.
From the humble Nissan LEAF and its 50 kilowatt CHAdeMO quick charge port through to the proprietary 100+ kilowatt Supercharger technology built into every Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X, once you’ve owned an electric car with quick charging technology, you won’t want to buy one without it. It’s no surprise then that those who have cars without quick charging capabilities have long yearned for a way to add DC quick charging to their electric cars.
The first vehicle which never included DC quick charging as standard from the factory to gain the capability was the 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV, courtesy of Tony Williams of Quick Charge Power. Having carefully studied both the CHAdeMO protocol and the Tesla-engineered battery pack, drivetrain and power circuitry of the compliance car, Williams engineered, designed and tested a special aftermarket product called JdeMO which, when fitted to a customer’s car, safely allows 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EVs to rapid charge from the same CHAdeMO DC quick charging stations as the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-Miev and Kia Soul EV.
Our regular contributor Steven Noctor has one fitted to his own Toyota RAV4 EV, and reports that the unit has dramatically improved the practicality of operating the all-electric SUV as his family’s main car. With other customers all over the U.S., Quick Charge Power has received a lot of requests from owners of other non-DC quick charging cars, eager to have a similar product for their vehicle.
The next car to gain compatibility for this valuable aftermarket add-on? The original Tesla Roadster. And thanks to a YouTube video uploaded this evening, we can share footage of not one but two Tesla Roadsters rapid charging from a public CHAdeMO station for the first time.
The video shows the newly-developed JdeMO for Tesla Roadster fitted to both a Tesla Roadster 1.5 and Tesla Roadster 2.5 model. While the Tesla Roadster 2.5 has enough space next to its physically smaller Power Inverter Module (PIM) to accommodate the JdeMO inlet in the under-trunk area, the video shows a ‘temporary’ JdeMO inlet installed below the rear bumper on the Tesla Roadster 1.5 for testing purposes.
Once Quick Charge Power has completed its testing phase of the development process, we’re guessing it will develop a more appropriate (and permanent) CHadeMO inlet mounting arrangement for Roadster 1.5 owners.
Which brings us to a very important point. While both cars in the video were able to successfully charge first time, the JdeMO product for Tesla Roadster owners is still undergoing its final testing and isn’t (yet) a commercial product. Unlike the JdeMO for 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV — which you can order today for $2,999 via the Quick Charge Power webiste — Quick Charge Power isn’t officially accepting orders for the JdeMO for Tesla Roadster.
Instead, there’s a link on the website where interested owners can sign up for addition information — and raise their hand as being interested ahead of official production. As with any commercial product, the company says it needs significant interest from existing Roadster owners before it makes a final decision about production. Given the improvement in charge times JdeMO will offer over the original Roadster (which could at best charge in 2.5 hours from empty to full using a specially-designed 19-kilowatt Tesla high power wall connector), we suspect Roadster owners will be lining up to put deposits down.
In the meantime, we’ll keep track of this exciting new product, and let you know as and when it makes it to production.
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