A Japanese automobile manufacturer has announced that it has reached an agreement with Tesla to adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) for the charging port of its electric vehicles in North America. As Honda confirms a switch to the NACS, it joins a growing list of other manufacturers aiming to do the same.
The announcement comes a few weeks after company representatives hinted at the upcoming switch from the Combined Charging System (CCS1) charging connector to the NACS. However, at the time, the company said that the switch depended on General Motors, which provides the Ultium platform for its first two all-electric models (the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX).
Now, it has been confirmed that Honda (and Acura) models will be equipped with an NACS charging inlet starting from 2025. This will be the solution for all future models:
“In 2025, Honda is planning to launch a new EV model in North America equipped with a NACS port. From that point forward, Honda will continue adopting NACS standards for its models.”
Before that, Honda’s first BEVs (the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX) will be equipped with a CCS1 charging inlet. Compatibility with the NACS (specifically, with the Tesla Supercharging network) will require a charging adapter. These first all-electric cars are expected to get the NACS charging inlet at some point in the future as well.
“EV models the company will launch in North America before 2025, which will be equipped with a Combined Charging System (CCS) port, are also being developed to be compatible with the NACS through the use of a charging adaptor.”
Eight other manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Fisker, have already announced a similar decision related to the NACS connector, which will soon be standardized by SAE International “on an expedited timeframe”.
Tesla quickly welcomed the Japanese manufacturer on its social media channel:
Welcome Honda owners to Superchargers across North America⚡️
— Tesla Charging (@TeslaCharging) September 7, 2023
The switch to the NACS and gaining access to the Tesla Supercharging network are not the only moves made by Honda. Earlier this year, the company joined six other automakers who intend to create an all-new fast-charging network across North America.
The plan is to install at least 30,000 high-power chargers (CCS1 and NACS-compatible), which should significantly strengthen the charging infrastructure for long-distance travel.