Tesla NACS is now required at charging stations in Kentucky if they claim federal funding. While Texas and Washington are considering a similar plan, Kentucky has become the first state in the US to take the step.
Kentucky requires electric vehicle charging companies to include a North American Charging Standard (NACS) plug if they want to participate in the state highway electrification program using federal funding, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. The Kentucky plan reportedly went into effect on Friday (June 30). This made it the first state to mandate Tesla charging technology. Earlier, Texas and Washington also shared such plans, but there is no exact date for their entry into force.
The NACS connector should be added to charging stations as well as the Combined Charging System (CCS), according to Kentucky's request for proposal (RFP) for the state's EV charging program on Friday.
“Each port must be equipped with an SAE CCS 1 connector. Each port shall also be capable of connecting to and charging vehicles equipped with charging ports compliant with the North American Charging Standard (NACS),” the documents say.
Tesla is the dominant electric vehicle manufacturer in the US. As of Q1 2023, Tesla's share is about 62%. Although Tesla has its own Supercharger network funded by the company's own funds, Tesla car owners are entitled to even greater access to the charging network if the government finances its development with taxpayer funds.
The Tesla charging standard is the most technologically advanced on the market today. In addition, it is also the most reliable, compared to any operator in the world. NACS has been adopted by a number of automakers who will start producing their EVs with the new charging standard starting in 2025. These include: Ford, GM, Rivian, Volvo, and Polestar. A few others are weighing the possibility of adding the new standard to their cars.
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