Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Scout Motors, all part of the broader VW Group, have announced it is also adopting Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS). The agreement comes more than six months after the first automaker, Ford, announced its intentions to adopt NACS and gain access to Tesla’s Supercharger network.
In a press release announcing the plans, VW Group said its adoption of NACS will begin with its existing electric vehicles (EVs) from VW, Porsche, and Audi starting in 2025. Interestingly the automaker said it is still “exploring adapter solutions” for these owners with Combined Charging System (CCS) equipped vehicles. Also in 2025, future VW, Porsche, and Audi EVs will start being produced with an integrated NACS charge port, eliminating the need for an adapter.
The agreement also includes Scout Motors, which will be able to plug into the Supercharger network once its EVs go on sale, which isn’t anticipated until 2026 at the earliest. As with other recent announcements, more than 15,000 Superchargers across Canada and the US will be open to VW, Porsche, Audi, and Scout EV owners.
“This is great news for our electric vehicle customers in the North American Region,” said Pablo Di Si, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “This potentially provides them with access to more than 15,000 additional charging points as well as the current near-4,000 DC fast charging outlets operated by Electrify America. It would mean that customers of our fast-selling electric vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4 will have access to an extensive and growing charging network.”
As for which of their EVs will get NACS support first, VW Group says the integration plan for specific models will be announced closer to the 2025 launch of Supercharger access.
VW Group’s access to the Supercharger network will come a full year after Ford and General Motors get access. As we told you about earlier this week, Ford and GM EV owners will be able to use the Supercharger network starting in February, followed by the other automakers in the order they signed up.