Honda and its luxury brand Acura are the latest to announce their intentions to use Tesla’s own charging connector, known as NACS (North American Charging Standard), for future electric vehicles sold in the United States. This announcement comes shortly after Nissan made the move to join the NACS connector bandwagon.
Noriya Kaihara, President and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., revealed the plan in an interview with Autoblog. “It’s very important—we also need to push NACS,” he remarked.
Their partner, General Motors (GM), said in June that it will use the NACS connector for its EVs beginning in 2025, and that this will likely extend to GM-built Honda and Acura EVs.
So far, the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX electric crossovers expected to arrive in 2024 are based on GM’s Ultium EV chassis and battery technology. Both models will be made by GM and will most likely include Tesla’s NACS charging system.
For Honda and Acura EV owners, the change will make access to Tesla’s massive charging network simple and convenient while also boosting the number of DC fast-chargers available to them dramatically. According to the Department of Energy, Tesla’s DC fast-chargers account for over 60% of fast-chargers in the United States, and they are presently being opened up to rival brands as part of a deal struck earlier this year between Tesla and the White House.