To no one’s real surprise, Polestar followed Volvo Cars by announcing a similar agreement with Tesla regarding its North American Charging Standard (NACS) charging connector. Polestar will adopt NACS connectors for its electric cars in the United States and Canada.
Before that, in mid-2024, Polestar’s existing electric cars – which are compatible with the CCS1 – will gain access to the Tesla Supercharging network in the US and Canada. Of course, a connection to Superchargers will require an adapter (NACS to CCS1), which will be available next year.
“From 2025, new Polestar vehicles sold in North America will be equipped with the NACS charging port by default. Adapters to help allow existing Polestar drivers to access the network in a convenient way are expected in mid-2024.”
Starting in 2025, all current and future Polestar models in the region to be natively compatible with the NACS, which is set to become the North American charging standard for cars, covering all AC and DC charging scenarios.
Those new Polestar cars will also have the option to use the CCS1 DC fast chargers and J1772 AC charging points by using a proper adapter – just like Tesla drivers do today.
By early 2024, existing Polestar vehicles may use the Supercharger network with an adapter. In 2025, new Polestar vehicles will be equipped with the NACS charge port
— Tesla Charging (@TeslaCharging) June 29, 2023
Polestar appears to be especially happy with gaining access to the Supercharging network, which is considered one of the most convenient and reliable fast-charging networks in the industry. With more than 2,000 locations in North America (and some 12,000 individual stalls), it’s something that might convince more customers to buy an electric Polestar.
Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, said:
“This is a great win for our North American customers! We salute the pioneering work Tesla has done to speed up the adoption and increase the popularity of electric vehicles, and it’s great to see the Supercharger network being made available in this way. With 12,000 charging points today, a number that will only keep growing, this move will greatly increase the rate of EV adoption in a key automotive region,”.
The number of OEMs readying for NACS is quickly increasing, and together with Tesla and Aptera, already brings the total count of manufacturers to seven (Ford and GM also include several individual brands).