In a significant move towards enhancing electric mobility, Nissan, a leading automaker, has officially announced its transition from the Combined Charging System (CCS1) to Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) charging connector in the United States and Canada. This strategic shift, set to commence in 2025, will initially be implemented with the Nissan Ariya and subsequently extend to future electric vehicle (EV) models from Nissan.

A Strategic Shift Towards NACS

Nissan’s decision to embrace the NACS charging connector marks a significant step in the evolution of EV charging infrastructure. This move will allow Nissan’s EVs to access the extensive Tesla Supercharging network, thereby enhancing the convenience and confidence of Nissan EV drivers, particularly for long-distance journeys.

“The adoption of the NACS standard underscores Nissan’s dedication to making electric mobility even more accessible as we pursue our Ambition 2030 long-term vision of increased electrification. We are thrilled to provide access to thousands more fast chargers for Nissan EV drivers,” said Jérémie Papin, chairperson of Nissan Americas.

The NACS Adapter: A Bridge to Compatibility

Before the new Nissan vehicles become natively compatible with NACS in 2024, the company plans to provide a NACS charging adapter for existing Ariya cars that are equipped with a CCS1 charging inlet. This adapter will enable customers to connect their vehicle’s charging port to NACS plugs at compatible chargers, thereby expanding the charging options for Nissan EV drivers.

Nissan’s Future EV Models and the NACS

While the Nissan-Tesla agreement pertains to the Ariya and future EV models from Nissan, there has been no mention of the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is currently compatible with the CHAdeMO charging standard (DC charging), and it appears that it will not receive a NACS upgrade before it is phased out.

Nissan’s Vision for Electrification

Nissan aims to boost the BEV portion of its total sales in the US to over 40 percent by 2023, in addition to other electrified options. Starting in late 2025, the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, is anticipated to commence production of two brand-new, all-electric vehicles.

This strategic shift by Nissan underscores the growing importance of EVs and the need for compatible, accessible charging infrastructure. As more automakers embrace the NACS standard, the future of electric mobility looks increasingly bright.

References and Facts

Nissan has announced that it will switch from the CCS1 to Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) charging connector in North America. Here are some related news and facts about this announcement:

  • The switch to NACS will begin in 2025 2 3 5.
  • Nissan has reached an agreement with Tesla to adopt NACS 2 3 5.
  • Nissan will offer drivers of its vehicles an NACS adapter that will allow them to use Tesla’s Supercharger network of charging stations 3 4 6.
  • The transition will start in 2024 with a NACS adapter set to be made available for North American Ariya models, all currently equipped with CCS1 connectors 6.
  • Nissan is the first Japanese automaker to adopt NACS 4.