Nissan Adopts Tesla’s Charging Standard, First Japanese Automaker

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Nissan has announced a landmark agreement with Tesla to adopt the latter’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) beginning in 2025.

This adoption positions Nissan as the first Japanese automaker to announce future product support for NACS, thereby offering Nissan customers expanded charging options for their electric vehicles. It’s likely Honda and Toyota may be next?

Starting from 2024, Nissan will provide a NACS charging adapter for its Ariya models that are currently fitted with the Combined Charging System 1 (CCS1) for DC fast charging. The adapter will enable customers to connect their vehicle’s charging port to NACS plugs at compatible chargers, enhancing the convenience of vehicle charging.

By 2025, Nissan plans to equip its EVs for the U.S. and Canadian markets with a NACS port. This will allow drivers to charge their vehicles seamlessly on the Tesla Supercharger network, substantially increasing the number of public fast-charging locations where Nissan EVs can recharge.

Jérémie Papin, Chairperson of Nissan Americas, sees this move as reflecting Nissan’s commitment to making electric mobility even more accessible. “By adopting the NACS standard, we’re reinforcing our Ambition 2030 long-term vision of increased electrification,” said Papin. “We’re thrilled to offer access to thousands more fast chargers for Nissan EV drivers, which will enhance confidence and convenience when planning long-distance travel.”

As part of its Ambition 2030 strategy, Nissan aims for over 40% of its U.S. vehicle sales to be fully electric by 2030, with an even greater percentage to be electrified. This includes the planned assembly of two all-new, all-electic vehicles at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, slated to commence in late 2025.

Nissan will release more details on the rollout of its NACS compatibility at a later date.