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Mazda Adopts the NACS Charging Standard

The company intends to install NACS charging ports on its new all-electric models in North America from 2025 onward.

Published February 15, 2024

Another auto brand has confirmed the switch to the Tesla-developed plug for its future EVs, as Mazda adopts the NACS charging standard. Mazda is one of the latest brands to confirm the adoption of Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its battery electric vehicles (BEV) in North America.

The Japanese manufacturer says that it will use NACS charging ports on its all-electric cars from 2025 onward, which suggests that there will be an all-electric Mazda model on the market next year (the low-volume Mazda MX-30 retired in 2023 in the US).

Mazda also says that an agreement with Tesla will result in access to more than 15,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America for Mazda BEV customers.

The brief press release does not say anything about adapters for older, CCS1-compatible models, like in the case of most of the other manufacturers that announced such a solution.

Mazda is also silent about incorporating a NACS charging port for its plug-in hybrid cars (equipped with the AC J1772 charging inlet), which are currently selling at a much higher volume than the all-electric MX-30 model. We can only guess that all rechargeable cars will be compatible with NACS sooner or later, especially as the standard will soon be fully released (in the fall of 2024) as SAE J3400 NACS.

With Mazda on board, the list of automakers that have signed up to adopt the NACS is getting pretty long. Here are the OEMs that have confirmed the switch (in chronological order): Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Fisker, Honda (with Acura), Jaguar, Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, BMW Group (BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce), Toyota (with Lexus), Subaru, Lucid, and Volkswagen Group.

It’s expected that all new electric car models launched in North America on or after 2025 will be compatible with the SAE J3400 NACS charging standard, covering both AC and DC fast-charging scenarios. The older CCS1 DC fast-charging plugs will still be available at charging stations as long as needed to provide a charging option for older models.

By: Staff Writer

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