Tesla Continues to Electrify EV Industry With Automakers Shifting to Its Charging Standard (Podcast Part 1)
In this episode, host Mark Wyche discusses the state of electric vehicle (EV) charging in North America, with a focus on the North American Charging Standard (NACS), also known as the Tesla standard. Mark begins by highlighting the current state of EV charging in North America, noting the rapid growth in EV adoption but the lack of infrastructure to support it.
Mark then delves into the background of the Biden administration’s announcement of a national EV charging network, which specifies the use of the CCS (common charging standard). He explains how Tesla’s Supercharger network plays a big influence over the proposed national EV charging network.
He also discusses the recent announcements made by major automakers regarding their adoption of the NACS standard. General Motors, Ford, Rivian, and Volvo have all stated their intention to integrate NACS into their vehicles.. Mark also mentions ongoing talks between Hyundai Motor Group and Tesla to explore the possibility of integrating NACS into Hyundai’s vehicles.
The podcast episode also covers the role of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in adopting NACS as a standard, the state of EV charging in Texas with its requirement for NACS connectors, and the potential implications for other European automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Mark notes that the widespread adoption of NACS by major automakers could lead to a more unified charging experience, improved interoperability, and better EV charging infrastructure overall.
Correction: Ford was the first automaker to announce its transition away from CCS in favor of NACS.
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