Stellantis to Adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard

Stellantis has announced its plans to integrate the SAE J3400 charging connector into its battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in North America, beginning with select models in 2025, meaning it is joining the Tesla North American Charging Standard. 

As the automotive industry continues to develop Tesla’s J3400/1 requirements this year, Stellantis has committed to providing adapters for vehicles equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS) port. This initiative ensures that drivers of Stellantis BEVs can access an expanding network of private and public charging stations that support the new J3400 standard.

This strategic decision is part of Stellantis’s broader commitment to sustainability and innovation, outlined in its Dare Forward 2030 strategy. The company aims to achieve carbon net-zero status by 2038, and adopting the J3400 connector is a step towards fulfilling this ambition.

“Customers win when the industry aligns on open standards. We are happy to announce our backing and adoption of the SAE J3400 connector, a milestone for all customers on the path to open and seamless charging,” said Ricardo Stamatti, Stellantis SVP of global energy & charging, in a statement. He highlighted the role of the IONNA charging network, a joint venture with six other global automakers, in promoting interoperability and mobility freedom.

The IONNA network, unveiled in June 2023, aims to establish at least 30,000 high-powered charging points across urban and highway locations in North America by 2030. This network will support Stellantis vehicles with both CCS and Tesla’s J3400 connectors, offering an enhanced charging experience powered by renewable energy. The first charging stations under this initiative are expected to become operational in 2024.

Stellantis’s adoption of Tesla’s J3400 connector and its participation in the IONNA joint venture expand charging options for customers and underscore the company’s dedication to advancing electric vehicle technology and infrastructure.

It’s interesting that Stellantis did not even mention the word Tesla in its press release, only to say it’s adopting the J3400 charging connector—which is Tesla’s. Last June, Stellantis said it was evaluating NACS, but now it’s completely on board.

Below is a timeline of NACS adoption by automakers. It looks like the whole industry is now on board with NACS:

  • May 26, 2023: Ford
  • June 9, 2023: GM
  • June 20, 2023: Rivian
  • June 27, 2023: Volvo
  • June 29, 2023: Polestar
  • June 29, 2023: Electrify America
  • July 7, 2023: Mercedes-Benz
  • July 19, 2023: Nissan
  • August 18, 2023: Honda & Acura
  • September 22, 2023: Jaguar
  • October 5, 2023: Hyundai & Kia
  • October 17, 2023: BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce
  • October 19, 2023: Toyota & Lexus
  • November 1, 2023: Subaru
  • November 6, 2023: Lucid
  • December 19, 2023: VW
  • February 12, 2024: Stellantis