Nissan is the latest carmaker to switch from the Combined Charging System (CCS1) to Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) in the US. It is the first Japanese EV manufacturer to announce the move.
From 2025, Nissan will offer its Ariya and all its future EVs with the Tesla inlet. From 2024, it will provide adapters to Nissan Ariya drivers so that they can use the Supercharger network.
“Adopting the NACS standard underlines Nissan’s commitment to making electric mobility even more accessible as we follow our Ambition 2030 long-term vision of greater electrification,” says Jérémie Papin, chairperson, Nissan Americas.
“We are happy to provide access to thousands more fast chargers for Nissan EV drivers, adding confidence and convenience when planning long-distance journeys.”
Nissan joins the ranks of several carmakers who have adopted the NACS in recent months.
Just recently, Mercedes-Benz was the first German carmaker to make the move.
Ford was the first company to announce a deal with Tesla in May. General Motors, Rivian, Volvo Cars and Polestar have since followed.
Even though Tesla calls it the North American Charging Standard, the system is de facto no standard yet. Still, it is en route to taking the EV market by storm.
On top of the above-mentioned carmakers, several CPOs announced that they would offer the NACS cable at their charging stations.
And earlier this month, Kentucky became the first US state to require charging infrastructure providers to implement the Tesla charging system as a condition of receiving funding. Similar measures are in the pipeline in Texas and Washington.
On the other hand, the federal government made the CCS fast-charging standard a condition for its charging infrastructure funding.
That is why Tesla announced that it would make at least 7,500 of its Superchargers and Destination Chargers “available to all electric vehicles” by the end of 2024 and began equipping Superchargers in the US with CCS adapters in March.
Tesla released the design of its proprietary Supercharger connector in North America in November 2022 and invited car manufacturers and charging network operators to use Supercharger plugs and sockets in the future to make its system the charging standard in North America.