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Each Main Automaker Is Now Dedicated to Utilizing Tesla’s EV Chargers

Each Main Automaker Is Now Dedicated to Utilizing Tesla’s EV Chargers

Chalk this up as another win for Tesla.

Stellantis has announced that starting next year its EVs will feature Elon Musk’s company’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) plug. The multi-national owner of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram, among many others, was the last major automaker to commit to using the charging connector, meaning that it is now as close to an industry standard as we’re likely to get in this country.

“Select” Stellantis EVs released as part of the 2025 model year will feature the upcoming NACS charging connector, the SAE J3400, according to a press release. Previously, the company’s EVs featured a Combined Charging System (CCS) port. In the meantime, it plans to offer an adaptor to customers that will allow them to use either NACS or CCS chargers. The move comes less than a year and a half after Tesla renamed its charging technology NACS and opened up access to EVs from other automakers, according to TechCrunch. Since then, Ford, General Motors, and Volkswagen Group, which also owns Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini, have switched to the standard.

Why now? It might be because the company’s first wave of major EVs is set to start arriving on dealer lots in the next couple of years. Dodge Charger Daytona SRT, Jeep Wagoneer S, and Ram 1500 Evolution are Stellantis’s biggest EVs yet, at least in the U.S.. We still don’t know what Chrysler’s first EV will be but if it looks anything like the Halcyon concept you can expect it to garner plenty of attention as well. Because of this, the company wants the electric chargers its EVs can use to be plentiful and widespread. It has yet to be confirmed, but the Verge suggests that the switch to NACS connectors will likely give Stellantis’s battery-powered models access to Tesla’s powerful Supercharger network.  

Embracing NACs is just one part of Stellantis’s push to make sure its drivers have ready access to chargers. The company is teaming up with six other automakers—BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mercedes-Benz—to start Ionna, a giant U.S. charging network, according to Car and Driver. The first locations, which will use both CCS and NACS, are expected to open later this year with the group aims to have 30,000 stations in operation by 2030.

Source: Robb Report

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