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Tesla supercharger to Bolt DC adapter

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I have seen two items on the internet that I would like to understand better.
1. A company (electrek) has produced a Tesla Supercharger DC type to CCS 1 adapter. Does this work with a 2020 Bolt? And available in the US?
2. Tesla announced for S. Korea an adapter for CCS 1 will the be in USA as well? And is that Tesla to CCS 1?
Thanks for any help.
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Unfortunately the opposite is happening. EVGO is retrofitting their chargers with Tesla connectors. That's in addition to the adapter Tesla owners can already buy that lets them charge at CCS stations. I'm starting to see Tesla's plug into the only CCS station in town when a supercharger is 5 minutes down the freeway.
Well, it probably depends on the cost of the electrons between the 2 DCFC choices, if the Tesla is not in a hurry.
What would you do?
NortonCommando? I used to have a Norton Commando. Anyway, the Superchargers are generally less expensive. Regardless, knowing what I know about the number of DCFC's chargers, which are still in short supply, I wold be very circumspect with my Tesla charging at one. Especially with a 14 stall supercharger nearby that non-Telsa's can't touch.
I'm not sure what you mean by short supply. Tesla Superchargers are outnumbered in total number of sites and (outside of a few key travel corridors and metropolitan regions) overall charger counts.

That being said, I think the true reasons most Tesla owners avoid public chargers are a lack of ability (i.e., no adapter) and a lack of knowledge (not being informed by the Tesla system that non-Tesla chargers are installed and available).

As for the greater conversation, I do think that Tesla's keeping the Superchargers closed is misguided. It's not necessarily nefarious (as others have stated), but I do think that they erroneously believe that the Supercharger Network gives them some sort of a sales advantage. However, it clearly does not based solely on the rampant ignorance we see about the public and private DC charging infrastructure from both Tesla and non-Tesla EV customers.
"Relatively short supply" may have been better phrasing. And I'm referring to direct experience, the locales I drive in. Example, I was spending some time in Santa Barbara this past fall. There is a Tesla Supercharger with a bunch of stations, that seems to never be full. There is one single EVZO DCFC with two stations serving the entire city, and the 101 corridor that runs through town. That was one time I was "blocked" by a Tesla, even though the SC was 5 minutes away. The story from the driver was that she never wanted to supercharge her car for fear of shortening the battery life.

At the same EVGO station I spotted a Tesla circling the station and went to say hello. The driver had been informed by the car that there was a charger there. The confusion for the driver was not about if the car could charge at the EVGO spot, it was that the display on her car didn't seem to have differentiated. So Tesla drivers are being told about the DCFCs.

In another case, this time the Santa Ynez Valley, a Tesla was charging at the only L2 charger in one of the townships. The driver's point of view was that "there is no SC in this town", in spite of the fact that in the adjoining township 7 minutes away there was an SC. Another locale that was short of fast chargers was Paso Robles. Thankfully Electrify America has got a station in. As you know, things are changing, but in my world simply a single broken EVGO station can put a crimp in my recharging plans. And unlike Tesla SCs, EVGO has not gotten an A+ for speedy station repairs.

So, my point simply is, I am seeing more and more of that happening. And my take is that it is happening because Tesla drivers don't seem to know that DC fast chargers are still not in that plentiful supply (on my driving routes).

Finally, and you may well know this, Tesla claims to have offered SC access to other brand EVs, but that no one took them up on the offer. As recently as last year Elon Musk was quoted as still offering such a partnership. I don't know which party is not acting in good faith to make a deal, and Elon can be terribly sketchy, but he does seem to believe in his core position to speed the adoption of electric cars. But who knows?
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