Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Scout Motors Embrace Tesla’s Charging Standard for North America

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Major Automakers Unite to Adopt North American Charging Standard, Expanding Charging Access for EV Customers

In a significant move towards fostering interoperability and expanding charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) in North America, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Scout Motors jointly announced their commitment to adopting the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for future products, starting in 2025. This collaboration aims to enhance the charging experience and provide greater choice for EV owners.

The implementation of NACS aligns with the goal of enabling existing customers with a Combined Charging System (CCS) charging port to access the Tesla Supercharger network. Through potential adapter solutions for existing vehicles, this initiative could significantly broaden charging provider options, granting access to over 15,000 Superchargers in addition to the existing 3,800 DC fast charging outlets operated by Electrify America and Electrify Canada.

Electrify America has already committed to offering the NACS connector at charging stations by 2025, reinforcing the commitment to open standards and interoperability within the Volkswagen Group.

Pablo Di Si, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, expressed enthusiasm about the development, stating, “This potentially provides them with access to more than 15,000 additional charging points as well as the current near-4,000 DC fast charging outlets operated by Electrify America.”

Rebecca Tinucci, Senior Director of Charging at Tesla, emphasized the collaborative effort among major automotive manufacturers to improve the charging experience for all EV drivers. The commitment from Volkswagen Group adds to a growing list of automakers adopting Tesla’s NACS hardware, making it a widely accepted industry standard.

Timo Resch, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, highlighted the significance of providing greater choice to customers, stating, “Today our customers already have access to thousands of charging sites across America thanks to Electrify America, with existing stations being renewed and new sites being added weekly.”

As part of this initiative, Scout Motors also announced the integration of NACS connectors into their future vehicles, ensuring their customers have access to a rapidly expanding fast-charging network throughout North America.

Details about the specific models integrating the Tesla North American Charging Standard will be disclosed closer to the 2025 launch date, marking a pivotal moment in the collaborative effort to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy in the automotive industry.