BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce Adopt Tesla’s Charging Standard

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Drivers of BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce electric vehicles equipped with Combined Charging System (CCS) will be able to use designated Tesla Supercharger stations, announced the BMW Group on Tuesday.

“It is our top priority to ensure that our drivers have easy access to reliable, fast charging,” said Sebastian Mackensen, President & CEO, BMW of North America, in a statement. The companies will collaborate to enable drivers to find available Superchargers on their vehicle’s display and make payments through their brand’s app.

Starting in 2025, BMW Group will adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its electric vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. This standardization aims to provide a seamless charging experience for customers.

This agreement is separate from BMW’s recent commitment to create a high-powered electric vehicle charging network in North America. In collaboration with six other automakers, BMW plans to build at least 30,000 new chargers in metropolitan areas and along major highways. These chargers will be compatible with any electric vehicle using CCS or NACS charging standards. The joint venture is expected to be established this year, subject to regulatory approvals.

The agreement between BMW, Rolls-Royce, and Tesla marks a significant step in expanding charging options for electric vehicle drivers in North America. It also underscores BMW’s ongoing efforts to improve the charging infrastructure, both independently and in collaboration with other automakers.