While there will be a few more electric vehicles (EVs) starting to plug into the Supercharger network next year, including EVs from Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo, and Polestar, there will also be electric motorcycles. Verge Motorcycles has announced it will be adopting Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS).
Verge Motorcycles is an electric motorcycle manufacturer based in Finland, and boasts an impressive lineup of electric motorcycles that can travel as far as 233 miles (375km) on a single charge. Currently all of their electric motorcycles are charged via the Combined Charging System (CCS), but that will soon change.
The company announced on Thursday it is becoming the first electric motorcycle brand to adopt Tesla’s NACS. While the company didn’t provide a date for when that will happen, it will likely be later this year when they expand their sales to North America.
“We have been following with interest the discussion about the future of the charging infrastructure and Tesla’s decision to open up its NACS charging standard. Providing our customers with a comprehensive and easy fast charging system is vital in terms of Verge’s growth. We are currently preparing to enter the US market, and as the Tesla of motorcycles, this decision seemed like a natural solution for us,” said Marko Lehtimäki, Chief Technology Officer at Verge.
While the electric motorcycle market is still emerging, Verge saw the opportunity as perfect timing with their imminent launch in the US to provide their customers with the most expansive and reliable charging network.
“Total customer service is everything for Verge. We want Verge owners to have access to the most extensive fast charging system in North America, which is why we plan to utilize Tesla’s network of 17,000 charging stations,” said Pekka Parnanen, chief operating officer of Verge’s U.S. operations.
After Ford announced they were becoming the first major automaker to go with NACS, other automakers were quick to follow suit in order to not fall further behind the competition. Now with Verge becoming the first electric motorcycle brand to adopt NACS, it will be interesting to see if other companies also follow Verge’s lead.