Stellantis is reportedly considering adopting Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector for its future electric vehicles (EVs). While Stellantis has not yet committed to the move, the company’s evaluation of the NACS connector signifies a potential shift towards establishing it as the standard connector in North America.
Following the announcements by General Motors (GM) and Ford that they would adopt the NACS connector, the industry consensus has been leaning towards its widespread adoption. Charging station manufacturers and operators have swiftly pledged their support for the NACS connector, anticipating that all major automakers producing EVs for the North American market will follow suit.
Stellantis’ consideration of the NACS connector is an encouraging development. Should Stellantis decide to adopt the standard, it would enable Stellantis vehicle owners to access Tesla’s extensive network of 12,000 Superchargers across North America, further bolstering the charging infrastructure for EVs.
Stellantis acknowledged its evaluation of the NACS standard and emphasized its commitment to providing customers with the best charging experience possible. The company intends to collaborate with third-party charging companies, as stated by a Stellantis spokesperson: “Our focus is to provide the customer the best charging experience possible. Our Free2Move Charge brand will offer seamless, simple solutions whether at home or on-the-go through partnerships with charging providers.”
Stellantis has often been regarded as a slower adopter of all-EVs compared to its competitors. However, the company’s exploration of the NACS connector signals a potential shift towards embracing electric mobility more decisively. This move could play a crucial role in expanding the charging infrastructure and accelerating the adoption of EVs within the Stellantis brand portfolio.