The car manufacturer General Motors adopt Tesla’s electric vehicle charging standard, called the North American charging standard, GM CEO Mary Barra said Thursday. Barra made the announcement during a Twitter Spaces conversation with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (Musk was also CEO of Twitter until Monday, when Linda Yaccarino took over, but he still owns the business.)
GM will incorporate the NACS connector design into its electric vehicles starting in 2025. The collaboration with Tesla also means drivers of GM electric vehicles will have better access to chargers, as they will be able to use the 12,000 Tesla Superchargers located across North America starting in early 2024. GM says its EV drivers currently use more than 134,000 chargers available through the Ultium Charge 360 initiative and the company’s mobile apps.
“This collaboration is a key part of our strategy and an important next step in rapidly expanding access to fast chargers for our customers,” Barra said in the release. “Not only will this help make the transition to electric vehicles more seamless for our customers, but it could also help the industry adopt a single North American charging standard.”
General Motors recently announced its intention to officially end production of its Chevrolet Bolt Electric, which was the most affordable electric vehicle on the market when it was introduced in 2017. The Bolt made history as the first battery electric vehicle on the market for under $50,000 with a range of over 200 miles. But after tales of spontaneous fires involving its LG battery, the Bolt was the subject of a full recallproduction was halted for much of the year, and in 2021, GM advised owners park outside – and at least 50 feet from other vehicles – “in the rare event of a potential fire”.
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How to use Tesla chargers if you have a GM EV
If you drive a GM EV, you’ll need an adapter to use Tesla Superchargers initially from early 2024.
Starting in 2025, the first GM electric vehicles will include a NACS entry for direct access to Tesla superchargers without an adapter.
GM will then make adapters available to drivers of NACS-enabled vehicles to enable charging at current industry standard charging stations, called CCS for Combined Charging System.
GM’s announcement that it will use Tesla’s charging standard follows a similar agreement between Tesla and GM competitor Ford. This partnership was announced at the end of May.