Toyota and Lexus join NACS coalition

Toyota has signed on to join the growing list of automakers agreeing to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS). The agreement includes their luxury brand Lexus, and marks the second announcement this week from a major automaker siding with Tesla’s charging technology.

According to the Japanese automaker certain Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will launch in 2025 with integrated NACS charging ports. The only BEV specifically mentioned that will be gaining the NACS port is the upcoming three-row SUV that will be assembled at the company’s manufacturing facility in Kentucky. Similar to BMW Group’s announcement earlier this week, CCS-equipped Toyota and Lexus BEV owners will receive an adapter providing them access to the Supercharger network starting in 2025.

“Dedicated to delivering a seamless charging experience, whether at home or in public, Toyota aims to provide convenience no matter where customers choose to charge their vehicles. Through the Toyota and Lexus apps, customers have access to an extensive charging network, comprising over 84,000 charging ports in North America, including level 2 and DC fast chargers. With NACS, customers will have access to more charging options, especially DC fast chargers, allowing greater confidence to travel to even more destinations,” Toyota said in a press release.

Tesla also announced the new partnership on X, welcoming Toyota and Lexus BEV owners to the Supercharger network.

With Toyota and Lexus joining this week, this brings the total number of automakers, including their sister brands, that are apart of the NACS coalition to more than two dozen. While the group has grown quickly since Ford was the first to announce their intention to adopt NACS, there are still some notable automakers who have yet to sign on the dotted line.

Among them are Volkswagen Group, which includes their other brands such as Audi and Porsche, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep etc.). Lucid is also part of the group standing on the outside looking in, although based on comments from CEO Peter Rawlinson who called NACS “just a plug,” that is unlikely to change in the near future.

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