Honda and Acura EVs to Join Tesla's Supercharger Network Starting in 2025
Last month, we reported that Honda and Acura would join Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS). The Japanese automakers rely on General Motors’ EV technology for some new models, and the U.S. company committed to Tesla’s standard early on, so it wasn’t a surprising development that Honda would follow suit. Yesterday, the automakers confirmed the reports and put a timeline on the commitment, stating that they would implement the plugs in new EVs starting in 2025.
The automakers’ two new EVs, the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX, both rely on GM’s Ultium platform and battery technology, which gave them a jump start on new vehicle development but tied them to GM’s decisions on evolving and refining the platform. General Motors said it would make the transition to NACS in 2024.
Honda also joined forces with Hyundai, Kia, Stellantis, BMW, GM, Mercedes-Benz, and others on plans to develop another nationwide charging network of DC fast chargers. Their efforts add to new projects from public and private businesses and government agencies to build out a more comprehensive national charging network.
Many of today’s EV chargers are unreliable and don’t reach their advertised charging speeds. Companies like Electrify America, EVGo, and ChargePoint have locations across the country, but they struggle with downtime, and their payment systems are infuriating in the best of times. Tesla’s Supercharger network is regarded as being more reliable and easier to use, but it’s also frequently at capacity, leaving drivers with long wait times to access a charger.
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