Nissan on Wednesday (Jul 19) became the first Japanese automaker to agree to adopt Tesla’s electric-vehicle charging technology in the US and Canada, joining global peers in expanding their fast-charger network to boost EV adoption.
Starting in 2025, Nissan will equip its EVs with the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) port, as it targets 40 per cent of US vehicle sales to be fully electric by 2030, the company said.
American rivals Ford, General Motors and Rivian are among the companies that have accepted NACS, distancing from earlier efforts by the Biden administration to make the Combined Charging System (CCS) the dominant US charging standard.
The White House has said electric-vehicle charging stations using Tesla-standard plugs would be eligible for billions of dollars in federal subsidies as long as they included the US charging standard connection, CCS, as well.
From 2024, Nissan will provide NACS charging adapters with its Ariya EV models currently equipped with CCS to enable them to charge on Tesla’s Supercharger network.
Tesla’s Superchargers account for about 60 per cent of the total number of fast chargers in the United States, according to the US Department of Energy.