Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, & Scout Motors Move to Use Tesla NACS Charging Port

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In a move towards standardization and interoperability in the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, major automotive players, including Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Scout Motors, have announced their intention to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for their future electric vehicles in the North American region, starting in 2025.

The adoption of NACS by these automotive giants is aimed at streamlining the charging experience for EV owners, with a focus on enhancing accessibility and flexibility. As part of this initiative, Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi are actively exploring adapter solutions to enable existing vehicles equipped with a Combined Charging System (CCS) charging port to access the widely popular Tesla Supercharger network. This move has the potential to significantly expand customer charging access to over 15,000 Superchargers, providing a broader network for fast and convenient charging.

Scout Motors, a forthcoming player in the American automotive and electric vehicle market, is also set to benefit from this collaboration, with its customers gaining access to the Tesla network once Scout Motors’ electric vehicles go on sale. This strategic agreement not only emphasizes the commitment of these automakers to improve the charging experience for their customers but also demonstrates a collaborative effort to create a more cohesive and expansive charging infrastructure.

The broader implications of this partnership are notable. With Electrify America, a major charging infrastructure provider, committing to offer the NACS connector at its charging stations by 2025, the industry is witnessing a concerted effort to establish a common standard. The combined efforts of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Scout Motors, and Tesla align with the broader goal of promoting interoperability and ensuring that electric vehicle owners have greater choice and convenience when it comes to charging their vehicles.

Pablo Di Si, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, expressed enthusiasm about the development, highlighting the potential for customers to access an extensive and growing charging network. The commitment of Tesla, as articulated by Rebecca Tinucci, Senior Director of Charging at Tesla, underscores the shared vision among major automotive manufacturers to enhance the charging experience for all electric vehicle drivers.

Timo Resch, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, emphasized the importance of providing greater choice to customers, stating that the partnership with Tesla will significantly expand the network of chargers available to Porsche customers in the U.S. This move reflects a broader industry-wide effort to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, as mentioned by Rebecca Tinucci.

The announcement concludes with a promise to provide more details about the integration of the Tesla North American Charging Standard into specific models as the launch date in 2025 approaches. This collaborative effort among automotive leaders not only signifies a step forward in addressing the challenges of EV charging infrastructure but also signals a positive shift towards standardization and cooperation within the electric vehicle industry.


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