General Motors will adopt Tesla’s electric vehicle charging standard, called the North American Charging Standard, GM CEO Mary Barra said Thursday. Barra broke the news during a Twitter Spaces chat with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who also owns Twitter and was the social network’s CEO until Monday, when Linda Yaccarino took over.
GM will integrate the NACS connector design into its electric vehicles from 2025. The collaboration with Tesla also means that GM electric vehicle drivers will have better access to chargers, as they will be able to use the 12,000 Tesla Superchargers located throughout the North America from early 2024. GM says its electric vehicle drivers are currently using 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 release. “Not only will this help make the transition to electric vehicles more seamless for our customers, but it could also help the industry adopt a single North American charging standard.”
Despite agreements between GM, Ford and Tesla, the White House reportedly reiterated its February announcement on Friday that EV chargers must be universal and include CCS connections if they are to receive federal funding. A $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed in November 2021 provided $7.5 billion to create 500,000 public EV chargers in the United States by 2030.
General Motors recently announced plans to officially end production of its electric Chevrolet Bolt, which was the most affordable electric vehicle on the market when it launched in 2017. The Bolt made history as the first battery electric vehicle on the market under $50,000 with a range of over 200 miles. But after tales of spontaneous fires involving its LG battery, the Bolt was subject to a full recall, production was halted for much of a year, and in 2021 GM advised owners of park outside – and at least 50 feet away. other 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 electric vehicle, you will need an adapter to use Tesla superchargers initially starting in early 2024. Starting in 2025, the first GM electric vehicles will include a NACS entry for direct access to superchargers Tesla without adapter.
GM will then make adapters available to drivers of NACS-enabled vehicles to enable charging at current industry standard charging stations, called CCS for Combined Charging System.
GM’s announcement that it will use Tesla’s charging standard follows a similar agreement between Tesla and GM competitor Ford. This partnership was announced at the end of May.
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