CharIN, a global association promoting interoperability based on CCS as the global standard for charging vehicles, has taken a step toward Tesla's NACS adoption. CharIN convenes an open task force to align requirements with the goal of submitting NACS to the standardization process.
Tesla NACS becomes the new charging standard for EVs
In November 2022, Tesla unveiled its charging standard, calling it the North American Charging Standard (NACS). This name was chosen due to the fact that more than 60% of electric vehicles in the US are Tesla cars. In addition, the company has the widest charging infrastructure, providing the largest number of charging connectors in North America. Naturally, this really makes the Tesla charging standard the North American Charging Standard, as it is a simple statement of fact.
CharIN aims to submit NACS to the standardization process
Recently it became known that CharIN, a global association promoting interoperability based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for charging vehicles, has invited cross-industry experts to discuss NACS. In particular, CharIN convenes an open task force to align requirements with the goal of submitting NACS to the standardization process. On Tuesday, the association announced that cross-industry experts from 51 of the following companies will join the first meeting:
· ABB E-mobility
· BMW Group
· BMW of North America
· eDRV Inc
· ElectricFish Energy Inc.
· Electrify America
· Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association
· EV Range
· Fermata Energy
· General Motors
· Hyundai Kefico
· Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc
· i-charging USA
· InCharge Energy
· Jaguar Land Rover
· JLR TBSI Pvt Ltd
· Keysight Technologies Deutschland GmbH
· Lucid Motors
· Lumissil Microsystems
· Mercedes-Benz AG
· Mercedes-Benz Research & Development N.A
· New York Power Authority
· PIONIX GmbH
· Prysmian Group
· Silla SRL
· TDN Solutions Technology LLC
· TE Connectivity
· Toyota Motor North America
· UL Solutions
· Vertexcom Technologies Inc.
· VinFast Auto
· Volvo Car USA
Major automakers in the US have already adopted NACS
At the end of May, Ford announced it was accepting NACS. Following him, in June, GM and Rivian announced a similar move. Vehicles from these manufacturers will be able to charge at more than 12,000 Superchargers in North America. Starting in 2025, their electric vehicles will be produced with a new charging port. Many manufacturers of charging equipment have already announced that they will begin production of charging stations with NACS connectors.
Volkswagen delays response to NACS transition
Volkswagen has so far completely refrained from commenting and is not on the CharIN's list of companies that will meet to discuss NACS. It is worth noting that the American subsidiary of Volkswagen operates its own network of charging stations in the US with CCS connectors, Electrify America. Perhaps the company is weighing options for future development. However, it is worth noting that the NACS transition process in North America is already well underway. Any delay could cost Volkswagen a decline in sales across the region.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.