Tesla Sets the Standard for EV Charging in U.S.
A devoted road and gravel cyclist and all-around gearhead, Josh has been riding and writing about electric scooters for the past five years. He’s generally happier on two wheels than two legs. When Josh isn’t writing or wrenching, he’s usually out on the road….
Tesla’s NACS Started Taking Over this Year
It may be abundantly clear by now that Tesla’s proprietary NACS, or North American Charging Standard, will indeed become the standard its name implies. “In May 2023,” Car and Driver reports, “Ford was the first to agree to team up with Tesla and adopt the NACS plug; then the dominos started falling.”
Jaguar Most Recent to Sign Charging Standards
The most recent domino to fall, Jaguar announced in a press release this month that it will adopt the NACS plug for their EVs:
Jaguar has signed an agreement with Tesla to provide drivers of its next-generation electric vehicles with access to Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network in the United States, Canada and Mexico. All new Jaguars sold in the region from 2025 will have full integration of North American Charging Standard (NACS)without the need for an adapter. Jaguar will also source adapters from Tesla and support the supply of these to I-PACE drivers, once available.
Jaguar joins a long, illustrious list of carmakers who have agreed to adopt Tesla’s charge port and plug, and thus have gained access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, with most, like Jaguar, implementing the standard sometime in 2025.
A Long List, with Few Holdouts
The list is a long one, and includes, so far: Mercedes-Benz, the first German manufacturer to join, and Nissan, the first Japanese automaker. Also committed are Volvo/Polestar, GM, Rivian, Honda, and Fisker, with Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Maserati, Ram) still in talks with the EV giant.
As further evidence of Tesla’s total takeover of EV charging in North America: both ChargePoint and Electrify America have announced that they will adopt NACS in the coming years.