Polestar on June 29 signed an agreement with Tesla to adopt the new North American Charging Standard (NACS) which will enable access to Tesla’s expansive Supercharger network for all Polestar drivers in the U.S. and Canada.
Starting in 2025, new Polestar vehicles sold in North America will be equipped with the NACS charging port by default. Adapters to help allow existing Polestar drivers to access the network in a convenient way are expected in mid-2024.
This trend was likely caused by both the announcement from the Society of Automotive Engineers standardizing the NACS, thus making it easier for other manufacturers to develop it, as well as the recent push from the White House to accelerate the build rate of EV charging networks across the country.
“We salute the pioneering work Tesla has done to speed up the adoption and increase the popularity of electric vehicles, and it’s great to see the Supercharger network being made available in this way," said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath in a recent news release.
"With 12,000 charging points today, a number that will only keep growing, this move will greatly increase the rate of EV adoption in a key automotive region.”
The agreement applies to current and future Polestar models. To maintain compatibility with existing CCS public fast charging infrastructure in North America, future NACS-equipped Polestar vehicles will come with a CCS adapter.