Another electric car manufacturer has joined the switch to the NACS, with Subaru adopting NACS charging connectors for its vehicles. The Japanese automaker has officially announced that it has reached an agreement with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in North America, starting in 2025.
Just like in other cases, new NACS-compatible Subaru electric cars will gain access to the Tesla Supercharging network:
“To provide customers with access to the extensive Tesla charging network, Subaru will adopt NACS ports on certain Subaru BEVs launched in North America beginning in 2025 and will continue to advance NACS adoption for its subsequent BEVs to be launched after that.”
Older models compatible with the Combined Charging System (CCS1) charging connector, like the current generation of the Subaru Solterra, will also be able to use the Tesla Supercharging network, but it will require a NACS to CCS1 adapter. Subaru plans to offer such an adapter starting in 2025.
In other words, Subaru has officially signed up for the switch from the CCS1 to the NACS in North America, following many other OEMs, including Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Fisker, Honda, Jaguar, Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, BMW Group (BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce), and Toyota (with Lexus).
The list of OEMs that have yet to announce the switch is getting shorter almost every week or so. The main missing automotive groups are the Volkswagen Group, Stellantis, Mazda, and also Lucid, which is a high-profile start-up.
At least some of them might be a bit reluctant and wait for the upcoming standardization of the NACS by SAE International “on an expedited timeframe”.
Subaru announced earlier this year that its goal is to increase its all-electric car share to 50% of its total global sales by 2030. This will be a huge jump– probably more than 20 times as many than are currently sold. To achieve this goal, the Japanese manufacturer will introduce multiple new electric models.
The NACS charging inlet in North America is now a necessity, as most of the EV industry is already on board with the switch. One of the main drawbacks of CCS1’s fast-charging infrastructure is a lack of reliability, at least compared to the Tesla Supercharging network. Because of that, the switch to the NACS is an obvious decision to attract customers.