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VW, Audi, Porsche & Scout to add Tesla charging standard

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Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Scout Motors are the latest manufacturers to announce they’ll be connecting to Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) by 2025.

The manufacturers will be adding NACS to future North American products, a press release said. Adapter solutions are being explored for existing vehicles.

Using NACS will expand customers’ charging access to more than 15,000 Tesla Superchargers located throughout North America, the release said. The vehicles will also have access to more than 3,800 DC fast charging outlets currently in operation by Electrify America and Electrify Canada.

“We strive to provide an exceptional and seamless customer experience, and when it comes to charging, greater choice is a key factor in delivering this,” said Timo Resch, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, in the release.

The release states that details about the planned integration will follow as the launch date nears.

“Earlier this year, the North American Charging standard was just an idea,” said Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla senior director of charging, in the release. “Today, with the VW Group’s commitment, almost every major automotive manufacturer is onboard, rallying behind a shared vision of improving charging experiences for all EV drivers. This is only the beginning of our industry-wide efforts to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

Tesla announced it would open its charger design to other network operators and vehicle manufacturers late last year.

In May, Ford became the first large manufacturer to announce its plan to add NACS to future products. During the summer months, other manufacturers followed, including Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Fisker, Volvo, Polestar, Nissan, and Rivian.

In recent months, other manufacturers, including Jaguar, Honda, BMW of North America, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, MINI, Genesis, Hyundai Motor North America, Kia, and Toyota announced their plans to add NACS to future products.

In June, the Biden Administration announced that the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) would expedite a process to review NACS as a potential public standard.

The administration also announced the 2030 National Charging Network study, which estimates the number, type, and location of chargers needed nationwide to support electric vehicle (EV) adoption. The study found the U.S. is on track to install 1.2 million public chargers by 2030.

In the same month, Electrify America announced it would add NACS connectors to its charging networks in the U.S. and Canada. The Combined Charging System (CCS-1) connector will still be available at Electrify America charging stations.

Several states, including Washington, Texas, and Kentucky, have also mandated NACS for EV charging companies to receive money for charging infrastructure from a federally-funded state program.


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