Texas mandates Tesla’s NACS for federal funds eligibility

Texas has approved a requirement for companies to integrate Tesla’s North American Charging Technology (NACS) into their charging stations to qualify for federal funding. This decision comes as part of a $5 billion program aimed at electrifying highways across the United States, with Texas being the largest beneficiary. (via Reuters)

Texas approved the requirement despite the calls for additional time to thoroughly test and integrate the new connectors. By doing so, it paves the way for other states to reconsider their own charging infrastructure plans and potentially adopt Tesla’s cutting-edge technology. As we have previously reported, Washington State is considering making the same move.

This move, however, isn’t without its skeptics. The decision to mandate Tesla’s connectors has prompted concerns from some charging companies, who worry about potential disruptions in the supply chain and the certification of Tesla’s connectors.

The overarching objective of the federal initiative is to accelerate the adoption of EVs and foster a more sustainable transportation landscape. While Tesla’s proprietary technology brings undeniable advantages, the challenge lies in ensuring a smooth transition from the previous standard, the Combined Charging System (CCS).

Major automakers like Ford Motor and General Motors have already signed on to include Tesla’s NACS connector in their future EVs, kicking off what has since become an industry-wide shift with the likes of Rivian, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, and others following suit.

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