Toyota Motor North America, Inc. is the latest carmaker to officially confirm the upcoming switch from the Combined Charging System (CCS1) charging connector to the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector.
The Japanese company announced that Toyota and Lexus electric vehicles will incorporate the NACS charging port in “certain” all-electric models starting in 2025. The word “certain” suggests that not all older battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will be equipped with NACS immediately.
Currently, Toyota and Lexus offer one all-electric model each – the Toyota bZ4X and Lexus RZ 450e. Both cars are directly related and also have a third cousin, the Subaru Solterra.
What we know for sure is that the upcoming all-new, three-row, battery-electric Toyota SUV, which will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, will be NACS-compatible.
The recently reached agreement between Toyota and Tesla also covers access to Tesla Superchargers across North America. The new all-electric models will be natively compatible with the network starting in 2025. The users of older cars equipped with the CCS1 charging inlet will be offered access to an adapter to enable NACS charging starting in 2025.
Welcome Toyota and Lexus owners to Superchargers across North America ⚡️
— Tesla Charging (@TeslaCharging) October 19, 2023
By now, it’s probably not surprising to hear about Toyota and Lexus confirming a switch to NACS charging connectors. This timeline is very similar to the one outlined by other OEMs such as Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Fisker, Honda, Jaguar, Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, and BMW Group (BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce).
Toyota intends to expand customer charging options and deliver a seamless charging experience. Currently, through the Toyota and Lexus apps, customers can access over 84,000 charging ports in North America (AC Level 2 and DC fast chargers). The switch to NACS is expected to significantly improve DC fast charging options.
With Toyota on board, the number of OEMs that have yet to announce the move from CCS1 to NACS in North America is getting very small, and includes the Volkswagen Group, Stellantis, Lucid, Mazda, Subaru, and a few smaller companies in terms of sales volume. It’s most likely just a matter of time until the entire industry officially announces its decision.
In the meantime, the Tesla-developed NACS charging connector is promised to be soon standardized by SAE International “on an expedited timeframe”.