Honda will adapt Tesla’s charging system, joining Ford, GM, and other manufacturers of electric vehicles in doing so, the company said on Thursday.
Honda Motor Company announced that its EV vehicles, which will be offered in North America starting in 2025, will make use of Tesla’s fast-charging port. Similar agreements with Elon Musk-owned Tesla were announced by Ford, General Motors, and Rivian in June. Rivian then announced a similar agreement in July.
Experts claim that compared to the Combined Charging System used by the rest of the auto industry, Tesla’s North American Charging Standard connector and cord are significantly lighter and easier to manage. In the US, there are roughly 17,000 Supercharger stations for Tesla vehicles.
The Department of Energy estimates that there are around 54,000 public charging stations in the United States, but many charge far more slowly than the Tesla ones.
Tesla appears to be winning the war for control of the charging standard in North America.In an effort to make the NACS standard the standard charger in a world where electric vehicles predominate, Tesla created NACS chargers for its own vehicles in 2012 but opened the standard in 2022.
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Experts say it appears Tesla is on its way to becoming the industry standard as more and more automakers make the move to its connector.
For the business, which sells more EVs than any other company in the U.S., it would result in more revenue and a significant competitive advantage.
During extended excursions, where the majority of fast-charging outlets are required, chargers are frequently situated close to freeways.
Although the Austin, Texas-based company appears to be holding aside at least part of its network for exclusive use by Tesla customers, experts say, the addition of yet another EV maker to its charging network could irritate Tesla owners.
By the end of 2024, non-Tesla electric vehicles would have access to at least 7,500 chargers from Tesla’s Supercharger and Destination Charger networks, according to a statement from the White House earlier this year. Yet, the deployment has been sluggish thus far.
Also, several of the biggest names in the EV charging industry have agreements with Tesla to incorporate NACS ports into their charging equipment. In June, a number of companies joined the NACS bandwagon, including ABB Ltd. and ChargePoint Holdings Inc.
When SAE International, generally known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, declared in June that it will adopt NACS as the standard for EV charging, Tesla scored another significant victory earlier this year.
Source: Los Angeles Times