GM's NACS Transition Still On Track After Tesla Supercharger Turmoil

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The future of Tesla’s Supercharger team is anyone’s guess at this point, but that hasn’t slowed GM’s march toward adopting the automaker’s North American Charging Standard (NACS). GM will soon join Ford and Rivian as early adopters of the technology, with an official telling InsideEVs that it plans to “stick to the timeline that we previously announced.”

GM’s original plan was to start the rollout in spring 2024, the end of which is coming up very soon. Despite the time crunch, the move will open charging to a range of electric models, from the Hummer EV to the Blazer EV, making them more accessible to a broader group of potential buyers.

Tesla Superchargers are widely regarded as providing a better experience and more reliable charging. That said, the turmoil behind closed doors at Tesla has sparked efforts from several third-party charging companies to fill the gap, though it’s unclear how quickly a turnaround could come.

With Ford and Rivian already up and running on Supercharger access, GM will make the third company to hop on board. Even so, it’s unclear if Tesla’s layoffs and the shaky situation of its Supercharger team will impact other automakers’ plans. Nearly every major company with a presence in North America has announced a transition to NACS, so it will be interesting to see what happens next.

[Images: GM]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on May 31, 2024

    Worth noting: "supercharger access" at the moment means adapters that attach to the Tesla plug at the charger. If I remember correctly, these manufacturers aren't making vehicles with actual NACS receptacles yet. There are also some Tesla chargers that have a "magic dock," which has the adapter built into the plug.

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    • FreedMike FreedMike on May 31, 2024

      I don’t know if I’d trust an adapter unless it was OEM or manufacturer supplied. Too much potential for stuff to go sideways and void the warranty.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on May 31, 2024

    these manufacturers aren't making vehicles with actual NACS receptacles yet......... Is that difficult? Big Deal?

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    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jun 03, 2024

      Unfortunately, it is.

      They need to retool the body panels, charger door, port, wiring, temperature monitoring of the inlet, update user manuals, assembly and service procedures, work out charging payment agreements, rerun charging profiles, rerun crash tests, etc.

      They probably also need to decide if a CCS-to-NACS adapter will be provided, and document that as well.

  • Bd2 Probably too late to do anything about it for the launch, but Kia should plan on doing an extensive refresh of the front fascia (the earlier, the better) as the design looks really ungainly.
  • Namesakeone Since I include SUVs and minivans as trucks, I really cannot think of a brand that is truly truckless. MG maybe?
  • Sobhuza Trooper Subaru, they were almost there with the BRAT. --On a lighter note, where the hell is my Cooper Works Mini truck?
  • Mike Evs do suck, though. I mean, they really do.
  • Steve Biro I don’t care what brand but it needs to be a compact two-door with an ICE, traditional parallel hybrid or both. A manual transmission option would be nice but I don’t expect it - especially with a hybrid. Don’t show me an EV.