garygid wrote:What plug adapter does one need to build in order to use
Tesla charging stations to charge a LEAF?
Are there two kinds of Tesla charging stations, one AC
and one DC, or are they all higher power AC?
Well, there are two different plugs. The Supercharger station plugs are DC quasi SAE Frankenplug communication connectors, and not suitable for a LEAF. Plus, even if you could make it work, I believe it is outright theft to use them for anything other than a Tesla Model S/X, as Tesla outright owns these stations and never intended or offered them for other cars to use. They have no way to collect money at the sites either.
The Clipper Creek units that are out there are for the Roadster. Those are not associated with Tesla at all, and are essentially "public" use. Having said that, expect a full hissy fit if a Roadster driver pulls in for his (free) charge and finds a lowly LEAF blocking "his" spot. Also, Tesla is selling (currently back ordered) a Roadster charging station to Model S adapters to complement their J1772 adaptors. Therefore, you can expect to see Model S or X drivers fighting for those spots, too, at least until the Supercharger network is built out.
For an adaptor for J1772 equipped cars like the LEAF, you need the Tesla Roadster inlet to a J1772 nozzle. Or, you could use the new (but currently back ordered) Roadster to Model S/X adaptor, then cut off the Roadster part and attach it to a J1772 nozzle.
Here's some information that Roadster owner Tom Saxton provided concerning a Roadster inlet:
"Here are the part Tesla part numbers I have, with prices from February, 2011.
6000523 : $817 (for the 2008 model)
6003434 : $725 (for the 2010 model)
6001535 : $1,193 (unsure which model)
The 2010 has a 7-foot cable with simple lugs at the end. The 2008 has a
2-foot cable that's terminated in an expensive Amphenol twist-lock connector.
Maybe somebody can identify the correct part from this long list? Or just call Amphenol and ask?
Amphenol ACA-B Series connectors