September 28, 2023

Honda and its Acura premium model are the newest to announce plans to undertake Tesla’s proprietary charging connector, often called NACS (North American Charging Customary), for his or her future electrical automobiles bought within the U.S.

The knowledge was revealed by American Honda Motor Co. President and CEO Noriya Kaihara in an interview with Autoblog revealed final week.

“It’s fairly essential—we additionally should push NACS, as properly,” he stated.

Specifics on Honda and Acura’s plans to undertake the NACS connector weren’t talked about. Nevertheless, neither model doubtless has a lot sway within the choice, at the very least at current.

The Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX electrical crossovers arriving for the 2024 mannequin yr are primarily based on Normal Motors’ Ultium EV platform and battery know-how set. GM may even construct each fashions.

2024 Honda Prologue

2024 Honda Prologue

GM in June stated it is going to undertake the NACS connector for its EVs beginning in 2025, and this may doubtless lengthen to Honda and Acura EVs constructed by GM. Based on Autoblog, the ZDX will characteristic the NACS connector by 2025 or 2026. An adapter would then be required for anybody wanting to make use of the present CCS1 (Mixed Charging System) connector that almost all non-Tesla EVs are at the moment designed for.

The transfer will make entry to Tesla’s huge charging community seamless and handy for Honda and Acura EV house owners. It would additionally considerably enhance the variety of DC fast-chargers out there to them. Tesla’s DC fast-chargers account for about 60% of fast-chargers within the U.S., in line with the Division of Vitality, and they’re at the moment being opened as much as rival manufacturers in a deal made between Tesla and the White Home earlier this yr.

Fisker, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Polestar, Rivian, and Volvo have additionally made offers with Tesla to make use of its chargers, and lots of of these corporations have additionally introduced plans to undertake the NACS connector for his or her automobiles within the U.S. Hyundai, Stellantis, and Volkswagen have indicated that they could additionally comply with swimsuit.

Honda and Acura along with GM, BMW, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis in July additionally introduced plans to associate on their very own community of DC fast-chargers throughout North America. The primary station is deliberate to be opened within the U.S. in mid-2024.

Honda and Acura additionally plan to ultimately introduce their very own EV platforms, together with doubtlessly for a future NSX supercar. It is not clear whether or not automobiles primarily based on these platforms will characteristic the NACS connector as customary within the U.S.