Volkswagen is the latest automaker to adopt the North American charging standard (North American Charging Standard, NACS) by Tesla for electric cars. Subsidiaries Audi, Porsche and the new Scout Motors brand will thus introduce the NACS system in their North American electric cars from 2025.
VW brands are also considering providing owners of existing models with adapters to connect to Tesla’s Supercharger network. There are more than 15,000 Supercharger stations in North America. VW electric cars will now be able to charge there, in addition to more than 3,800 DC fast charging stations operated by Electrify America and Electrify Canada.
The automotive industry has rallied behind NACS in recent months. Ford was the first to reach for the NACS charging system, then GM, and gradually a number of others. Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes, Honda, Jaguar, BMW and Hyundai have announced plans to introduce this standard in upcoming vehicles over the next few years. Toyota and Volkswagen have so far remained among the few to hold back.
Since the NACS system is used by so many car manufacturers, Tesla’s charging solution becomes the de facto standard.
On the other hand, EV charging infrastructure company ChargePoint also started rolling out NACS support on its EV charging network in October. Electrify America then plans to offer the NACS connector at its stations by 2025.