Marking a significant step towards enhancing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, Nissan has announced a pioneering partnership with Tesla. The automaker has reached an agreement to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) starting in 2025, opening up a world of new charging possibilities for Nissan customers.
By becoming the first Japanese automaker to pledge future product support for NACS, Nissan is signaling its commitment to making electric mobility even more accessible. The collaboration will bring more convenience and ease to the EV ownership experience, addressing a critical concern for EV drivers – charging compatibility and accessibility.
One of the key highlights of this partnership is the introduction of the NACS charging adapter for Ariya models, set to be available from 2024. The Ariya models currently come equipped with the Combined Charging System 1 (CCS1) for DC fast charging. However, with the introduction of the NACS adapter, customers will be able to connect their vehicles to NACS plugs at compatible charging stations. This means Ariya owners can take advantage of the Tesla Supercharger network seamlessly, significantly expanding the number of fast-charging options available to Nissan EV drivers.
Come 2025, Nissan will make another groundbreaking move by offering EVs for the U.S. and Canadian markets with a built-in NACS port. This step is poised to revolutionize the electric vehicle landscape, as it enables Nissan EV drivers to access Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network with ease. The move not only expands the charging infrastructure for Nissan owners but also encourages cross-compatibility and collaboration among automakers in the electric mobility space.
Jérémie Papin, chairperson of Nissan Americas, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “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. We are happy to provide access to thousands more fast chargers for Nissan EV drivers, adding confidence and convenience when planning long-distance journeys.”
The ambitious Ambition 2030 plan further demonstrates Nissan’s commitment to driving EV adoption in the U.S. market. The company is targeting an impressive 40% of its U.S. vehicle sales to be fully electric by 2030, with plans to electrify even more of their lineup. As part of this initiative, Nissan is planning to assemble two all-new, all-electric vehicles at its Canton, Mississippi plant, starting in late 2025.