Tesla Wants To Make Its EV Charging Connector The New Standard In North America
Ten years after debuting it alongside the Model S, Tesla says that it wants to turn its charger into a new standard that other companies can use across North America.
While the CSS connector is already the standard for non-Tesla vehicles, Electrek reports that many experts believe that Tesla’s charger is superior because it is more efficient.
Now, Tesla has announced that it is opening its technology up and rebranding it NACS, or North American Charging Standard.
The company also notes that there are a number of charging network operators already working on incorporating NACS at their charging stations.
In pursuit of our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, today we are opening our EV connector design to the world. We invite charging network operators and vehicle manufacturers to put the Tesla charging connector and charge port, now called the North American Charging Standard (NACS), on their equipment and vehicles. NACS is the most common charging standard in North America: NACS vehicles outnumber CCS two-to-one, and Tesla’s Supercharging network has 60% more NACS posts than all the CCS-equipped networks combined.
While charging station operators are working to use NACS going forward, it isn’t yet clear whether Tesla is also in talks with carmakers about turning using the same connectors on their cars. However, the whole thing seems much less interesting if that isn’t the case — you can’t have a standard that nobody uses, for example.