Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes that Toyota should join the North American Charging Standards (NACS) alliance to support the latter’s fast charging of electric vehicles. Musk wrote in a tweet, while responding to owners of the Toyota bZ4X electric crossover about their experience with the slow charging process of electric vehicles.
Elon Musk mentioned the group of car brands that recently decided to ditch the CCS1 connector in their EVs in favor of the Tesla-designed NACS plug. Alliance members will also have access to Tesla’s Supercharger network of more than 12,000 charging points in North America, allowing cars made by other brands to charge using Tesla’s charging infrastructure. This will allow other brands of cars to be fast charged using the Supercharger network, recognized as the most reliable in the industry.
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Among other car brands, Ford is the first to join the alliance. Ford announced that starting in 2024, its electric vehicles will be able to charge their batteries at Superchargers with the help of adapters. Then starting in 2025, the Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit will be fitted with NACS charging ports, no adapter required.
Another US auto giant, General Motors, has followed the same path, announcing a similar deal with Tesla. GM EVs will also integrate with the Supercharger payment system, creating a seamless experience for GM EV owners, the company said. Now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has invited Toyota to do the same.
Business Insider reported a story describing a Toyota bZ4X owner’s experience on a nine-hour road trip in an electric vehicle, which required an additional three hours to recharge the battery. Elon Musk responded in a tweet, bringing up the story that Toyota should join the NACS league. “They should join the NACS league,” he wrote.
Through the NACS Alliance, Tesla, Ford, and General Motors have signaled the beginning of the end for CCS1 chargers. If Toyota joins the same alliance, it will be another nail in the coffin of CCS1.
First published date: June 16, 2023 at 10:10 AM CST