Tesla reveals more about how its Magic Dock charging system actually works

Although many EV manufacturers in the US are working to adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS), many early adopters are still driving around in vehicles with a mishmash of Combined Charging System (CCS) and SAE J1722 type connectors.

This presents a problem because EV owners must either carry around the appropriate array of adaptors or risk only using charging stations that are compatible with the car, which is not a recommended solution.

Tesla’s Magic Dock is here to save the day and has been hailed as a game-changing EV accessory by many circles (most notably Tesla fans), as the new charging station will neatly transform into a NACS to CCS or NACS to J1772 connector when the user unlocks it.

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According to Electrek, a recent patent filing reveals more about the inner workings of the Magic Dock system, but like many patent filings, the language is almost impossible to decipher.

According to what we can tell, the system detects the adaptor when it is locked away inside the Supercharger housing when not in use and automatically engages when the user selects it, rather than requiring the user to fit it (potentially incorrectly) or, worse, stealing the connector and ruining the party for everyone.

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Seeing as so many manufacturers in the US are switching to NACS next year, there actually might not be much call for a Magic Dock system as we progress to the next generation of EVs.

Regardless, Tesla is busy rolling out its Magic Dock charging systems across North America, presumably to open its network up to as many electric vehicle owners as possible.

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According to Reuters, Tesla accepted $7.5 billion in government subsidies earlier this year to open up its networks to non-NACS vehicles, with the caveat that vehicles equipped with CCS be included. So, either Musk is doing EV owners a favor, or Magic Dock is simply a way for Musk to meet his quota.


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