Honda has made a significant announcement, revealing its plan to adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its forthcoming EVs sold in the region. Commencing with Honda models slated for release in 2025 and beyond, the automaker is set to shift from the Combined Charging System (CCS) to Tesla’s NACS.
Honda is also diligently working on an adapter, which will enable its pre-2025 EVs to utilize Tesla’s charging infrastructure. This strategic move underscores Honda’s commitment to aligning with the North American EV charging standard, a mere year after Tesla made it accessible to competitors.
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In an official statement, Honda in America expressed its enthusiasm for the transition, proclaiming, “We’re excited to announce that Honda will expand fast-charging access for Honda & Acura #EV customers by adopting the North American Charging Standard (NACS).” The company has outlined its intentions to introduce a new EV model in North America in 2025, equipped with the NACS port, and all subsequent Honda EVs will adhere to Tesla’s charging standard.
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Notably, Honda is part of a newly established consortium that aspires to create an extensive charging network spanning North America. Collaborating with automotive giants like BMW, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, and Stellantis, Honda joined forces with these industry leaders in July to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and make zero-emission driving more appealing.
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While Honda’s recent announcement regarding NACS adoption exists “in addition to” these collaborative plans, it remains to be seen if and how this move will influence the strategy of the coalition. We have reached out to Honda for clarification and will update this article accordingly.
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Honda now joins a growing list of vehicle manufacturers in North America embracing Tesla’s NACS, including Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, Polestar, and Volvo. Furthermore, the state of Texas declared in June that state-funded EV charging stations would be required to incorporate NACS, signaling the increasing prominence of Tesla’s charging standard in the region.