Automaker General Motors will adopt Tesla’s electric vehicle charging standard, called the North American Charging Standard, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said Thursday. Barra made the announcement in a Twitter Spaces conversation with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (Musk was also CEO of Twitter until Monday, when Linda Iaccarino took over, but he still owns the company.)
GM will incorporate the NACS connector design into its electric vehicles starting in 2025. The collaboration with Tesla also means that GM EV drivers will have greater access to chargers as they will be able to use the 12,000 Tesla Superchargers located in across North America by early 2024. GM says its EV drivers currently use more than 134,000 chargers available through the Ultium Charge 360 initiative and the company’s mobile apps.
“This collaboration is a key part of our strategy and an important next step in rapidly expanding access to fast chargers for our customers,” Barra said in the statement. “This will not only help make the transition to electric vehicles more seamless for our customers, but can help move the industry toward a single standard for charging in North America.”
General Motors recently announced plans to officially end production of its electric Chevrolet Bolt, which was the most affordable electric car on the market when it was introduced in 2017. The Bolt made history as the first battery electric vehicle on the market for under $50,000 with a range of more than 200 miles. But after reports of spontaneous fires involving the LG battery, the Bolt was subject to a full recall, production was halted for most of the year, and in 2021 GM advised owners to park outdoors — and at least 50 feet away from others vehicles – “in the rare event of a potential fire.”
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How to use Tesla chargers if you have a GM EV
If you drive a GM EV, you’ll need an adapter to use Tesla Superchargers starting in early 2024.
Starting in 2025, GM’s first EVs will include NACS input for direct access to Tesla Superchargers without an adapter.
GM will then provide adapters to drivers of NACS-enabled vehicles to allow charging at current standard charging stations, called CCS for Combined Charging System.
GM’s announcement that it will use Tesla’s charging standard comes on the heels of a similar agreement reached between Tesla and GM rival Ford. This partnership was announced at the end of May.
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