Electrify America to Adopt Tesla’s NACS
Electrify America announced today its plans to incorporate Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector into its fast charging networks across the United States and Canada.
While the Combined Charging System (CCS-1) connector will continue to be available throughout its network, Electrify America is also preparing to support automakers who are adding NACS charging ports to their vehicles.
The company aims to offer a NACS connector option at both existing and future charging stations by 2025, in an effort to make charging more convenient for EV owners.
“Since our founding, we have focused on building an inclusive and open hyper-fast charging network to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Robert Barrosa, president and CEO of Electrify America, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to support industry-wide standards that increase vehicle interoperability and streamline public charging.”
Electrify America is also collaborating with The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) and SAE International, and participating in the newly established National Charging Experience Consortium (ChargeX). ChargeX aims to enhance the national charging infrastructure and improve the EV ownership experience.
The company’s EV charging network has over 850 charging stations with approximately 4,000 individual chargers across the United States and Canada. The stations feature chargers with capacities of 150 kilowatts (kW) and 350kW, some of the fastest charging speeds available today.
The inclusion of the NACS connector in Electrify America’s fast charging network will provide more charging options for the hundreds of thousands of current and future EV drivers, thereby supporting the growth of the EV industry. As the integration of the NACS connector continues to progress, Electrify America will provide further updates on its advancements, along with plans for current and future station updates in the coming months.
Electrify America is a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America, so we may see the latter announce support for Tesla’s NACS next. Earlier today, Polestar announced support for NACS.