Charging on EVgo just got easier for Teslas

EVgo has added AutoCharge+ capability to Teslas using the Tesla CCS Adapter in its latest app update. This allows CCS-enabled Teslas to charge at EVgo stations without having to swipe a card. Strangely, this only works when using the Tesla CCS adapter and not when using a normal Tesla connector available at some EVgo stations. We will explain below.

EVgo has rolled out its Autocharge+ to more vehicles since September, and many brands can now use its version of “Plug and Charge”. It’s the trade name for the maturing ISO 15118 standard that allows drivers to charge their car as simply as plugging it in and driving away.

EVgo says it will eventually support Plug and Charge once the standard matures and issues are resolved. Rival Electrify America has Ford vehicles as well as Porsches and now VW.ID4s on Plug and Charge. Volkswagen and Porsche are conspicuously absent from the EVgo Autocharge+ list:

The following models are eligible: Cadillac LYRIQ, Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, Ford Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, Genesis GV60, GMC Hummer EV, Hyundai Ioniq, Ioniq 5 and Kona, Kia Niro and EV6, Mercedes EQS, Polestar 2, Subaru Solterra, Toyota bZ4x and Volvo XC40 Recharge. Update: The new Tesla CCS1 adapter will soon be available for use on the EVgo network and Tesla Models X, Y, S, S Plaid and 3 will be eligible for Autocharge+

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Simplicity is one of the reasons Tesla’s Supercharger network gets higher satisfaction ratings. All Superchargers work the same way. There’s no need to swipe a credit card or open an app and wait for communication, the car just starts charging when you plug it in.

For this to work, there must be communication between the car and the charger. The charger must be able to request ID from the car so that the session can be charged to the correct account.

EVgo has some stations with Tesla charging connectors, but these are not capable of Autocharge+ because EVgo does not have access to the same communication protocols that Tesla uses. Tesla outlets are basically built-in Tesla Chademo adapters and AutoCharge does not work on Chademo. This will cause a messaging problem for EVgo, but I imagine EVgo engineers are busy trying to integrate Tesla’s CCS adapters the same way they did with Chademo.

However, even though Tesla’s CCS adapter was only released last month, EVgo has already added it to the list of AutoCharge+ capable cars. In the company’s latest app update, it is mentioned that the Tesla CCS adapter is now compatible with Autocharge+:

EVgo’s Autocharge+ website now confirms that all stations will allow Tesla owners with CCS-enabled chargers to charge at EVgo. In 2020 Tesla made all of its cars CCS compatible and offered upgrades for older vehicles.

EVgo stations are often found in places where Tesla chargers aren’t, or in some cases can be a cheaper option.

To use these stations you need to set up a one-time registration in the EVgo app by linking your VIN to your EVgo account, but once the process is complete you should be able to plug in and go without any issues. Let us know your thoughts in the comments. More competition is better, right?

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