One car brand after another is turning to Tesla charging connections in the US and Canada. The so-called North American Charging Standard (NACS) used by Tesla seems to be becoming less and less of a Tesla thing, and so it is increasingly living up to its name. Earlier this week, the BMW Group announced that BMW, Mini and therefore also Rolls-Royce will convert their electric cars to Tesla charging plugs from 2025. Now Toyota and Lexus are doing the same.
Starting in 2025, Toyota and Lexus will implement NACS charging ports on their electric models. This means that these brands’ EVs have access to the Tesla Supercharger network at the factory. With 12,000 superchargers, this is a very important charging network in the United States. Anyone who already has an electric Toyota or Lexus in the US, and thus still has to make do with a CCS connection, can get an adapter from 2025 so they can also use Tesla’s Superchargers.
The CCS charging standard is now almost universally implemented in Europe, including Tesla, but this is not the case in North America. Non-Tesla electric cars generally use a CCS1 plug, which is different from the CCS2 plug used in Europe.
In addition to BMW Group, Toyota and Lexus, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan, Rivian, Volvo and Polestar also announced their transition to NACS Communications.