Stellantis finally adopts Tesla charging

Firm becomes last major EV manufacturer to formally adopt NACS system

Stellantis finally adopts Tesla charging
Tesla operates the North American Charging Standard (NACS)

European automaking conglomerate Stellantis will adopt Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) on certain EVs from 2025.

The announcement makes Stellantis the final major EV maker to adopt NACS, after other industry players steadily adopted the system over the course of 2023, beginning with Ford's announcement in May.

Stellantis says that it will begin manufacturing EVs with native NACS charging ports from 2025, and in the intervening period will provide NACS adapters for its existing vehicles built with combined charging system (CCS) ports.

In its press release Stellantis did not name either the NACS system or Tesla, instead referring to the system by its certification standard – SAE J3400.

“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,” says Stellantis senior vice president of global energy and charging Ricardo Stamatti.

Despite adopting NACS, Stellantis will simultaneously compete with the network in North America, being part of the recently launched Ionna fast charging network, along with six other major OEMs.

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And since Ionna's planned network of 30,000 highway charging stations will feature both CCS and NACS connectors, it is no surprise that Stellantis will now make its own EVs compatible with the industry standard Tesla system.

"Today's announcement builds upon the Ionna charging network joint venture announced in June 2023," says Stellantis in its release.

With Stellantis falling in behind NACS, Tesla completes what many commentators see as its quest to dominate EV charging in North America, a battle that Elon Musk's firm has won with the superior reliability and availability of its system when compared to CCS.

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