General Motors and Tesla will work to integrate the North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector design into its electric vehicles beginning in 2025, GM announced June 8.
The collaboration also will expand access to charging for GM electric vehicle drivers at 12,000+ Tesla Superchargers throughout North America.
This agreement complements GM’s investments in EV charging, reinforcing the company’s focus on expanding access across home, workplace, and public spaces.
The agreement also builds on the more than 134,000 chargers available to GM EV drivers through the company’s Ultium Charge 360 initiative and mobile apps.
“This collaboration is a key part of our strategy and an important next step in quickly expanding access to fast chargers for our customers,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra in a recent press release. “Not only will it help make the transition to electric vehicles more seamless for our customers, but it could help move the industry toward a single North American charging standard.”
The Tesla Supercharger Network will be open to GM EV drivers starting in 2024 and will initially require the use of an adapter.
Beginning in 2025, the first GM EVs will be built with a NACS inlet for direct access to Tesla superchargers without an adapter.
In the future, GM will make adapters available for drivers of NACS-enabled vehicles to allow charging on Combined Charging System (CCS)-capable fast charging stations.
GM will also integrate the Tesla Supercharger Network into its vehicle and mobile apps, helping drivers locate, pay for, and charge at available Tesla Superchargers.
This will complement the charging experience at the growing Ultium Charge 360 Network of charging stations, as well as additional charging stations GM makes available through existing integrations with other charging networks.
Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s senior director of charging infrastructure, added, “Our mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Giving every EV owner access to ubiquitous and reliable charging is a cornerstone of that mission.”
GM continues to work with others in the industry to accelerate the installation of home, work, and public charging as part of its Ultium Charge 360 initiative.
This includes collaborations with Pilot Company and EVgo that will add more than 5,000 DC fast chargers to the nearly 13,000 DC fast chargers in North America, as well as the deployment of community chargers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
These initiatives, combined with this new collaboration with Tesla, will offer GM customers access to one of the largest integrated networks of high-power charging stations in North America.