Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) is set to join forces with the Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors, marking the dawn of a new era in the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across North America. This collaboration is a result of a joint venture between seven automotive giants, including BMW Group, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz Group, and Stellantis NV.
A New Era of Charging Infrastructure
The consortium aims to install a minimum of 30,000 high-powered charging points in urban areas and along highways. The initial focus will be on metropolitan areas and major thoroughfares, with a strategic emphasis on popular holiday routes and areas where people predominantly live, work, and commute.
“The envisioned network will deliver a seamless, vehicle-integrated, top-tier charging experience, powered by green energy and backed by the expertise, reliability, and resources of globally renowned automakers,” announced Stellantis.
The stations will be conveniently located, featuring overhead canopies where feasible and amenities like restrooms, food services, and retail outlets either in close proximity or within the same complex. A select number of flagship stations will be outfitted with extra amenities, offering a superior experience that encapsulates the future of vehicle charging.
Automakers’ Stance on Tesla’s NACS
Hyundai Motor Company and Lucid Motors have been contemplating the adoption of Tesla’s NACS connectors. Hyundai’s reservations primarily revolve around the comparatively slower charging speeds of Tesla’s NACS connectors, while Lucid advocates for a focus on high-voltage charging.
This joint venture could potentially harmonize the perspectives of automakers who have fully embraced Tesla’s NACS and the Supercharger Network with those who remain skeptical about Tesla’s Charging Network.
References and Facts
Here are some related news and facts about Tesla’s NACS high-powered charging network in North America:
- Tesla NACS will be available alongside CCS connectors in an all-new high-powered charging network to be available across North America1.
- General Motors’ support for Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) might be trouble for Electrify America. With two out of three of the United States’ top legacy automakers supporting Tesla’s NACS, Electrify America’s position in the EV charging space is precarious at best2.
- Tesla’s North American Charging Connector (NACS) is being made mandatory for state funding in some regions, as it is becoming obvious more3.
- EV charging hardware and software provider EverCharge announced that it would be fully supporting Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) in its entire network. The company will join auto giants Ford and General Motors (GM), and fellow EV charger provider ABB E-mobility as part of the growing Tesla NACS family4.
- The state of Texas plans to require electric charging companies to include Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) in their stalls5.
- The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) said it will standardize Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector, ensuring that any supplier or manufacturer will be able to use, manufacture, or deploy the charging port on EVs or charging stations on the continent. After Ford, General Motors, and Rivian announced they would adopt NACS over the past month, the SAE said it is time for Tesla’s connector to be available to any company that wants to use it on their vehicles or EV charging stations6.