When Tesla announced last year they were opening up the design of their electric vehicle (EV) charging connector to anyone who wanted to use it, many wondered if it was too late for it to overcome the Combined Charging System (CCS) and become the new standard in North America. The answer to that question looks like it wasn’t too late, as more EV charging companies are throwing their support behind Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS).
Even though Tesla announced NACS more than six months ago, the snowball effect only began last month when Ford first announced they were adopting NACS on their future EVs. That was followed last week by GM, who also said they were adding the NACS port to their future EVs. While those EVs for both GM and Ford won’t be coming out until 2025, existing owners will be able to plug in at the 12,000+ Superchargers in Canada and the US with a soon-to-be provided adapter.
While we wait for the inevitable announcements from other automakers, EV charging providers that don’t want to be left behind are quickly following suit. As we reported last week ABB E-mobility has said they will NACS to their stations in the US, while in Canada FLO have said they will do the same. On Monday the dominos continued to fall with several more notable charging providers saying they too were adding NACS. These include:
- EVgo (they already have NACS at some of their stations since 2020, but will accelerate their plans to add more)
- and as mentioned, ABB E-mobility, and
Even electric boat builder Pure Watercraft, which is partially owned by GM, will be adding NACS.
We look forward to putting this on boats, too. https://t.co/aEP5bGKEDd
— Pure Watercraft (@PureWC) June 8, 2023
With more and more EV charging providers adding NACS, it is only a matter of time before the next automaker makes a major announcement. We posed the question of ‘who will be next’ to our Twitter followers, and most think it will be Rivian or Volkswagen. Who do you think it will be? Let us know in the comments below.
Who’s next to adopt NACS?
— Drive Tesla 🇨🇦 (@DriveTeslaca) June 8, 2023