Hyundai Latest to Jump on NACS Bandwagon

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

In what must surely be some of the least surprising automotive news you’ll read today, the corporate duo of Hyundai and Genesis have announced they will be adopting the North American Charging Standard for its EVs. This change will debut in the final quarter of next year.

As an aside, we’ll reiterate what we’ve been saying every time an automaker makes this declaration (and about all of them have, by now): This wholesale shift to NACS, which really wasn’t a “charging standard” at all in the truest sense of the word, is akin to this writer inventing a new grill on which to cook chicken in the backyard, call it a “grilling standard” and then have the likes of Weber and Traeger adopt the design. And likely pay for the privilege to do so.

It's a bit more involved than that, of course. After all, Tesla – like ‘em or lump ‘em – has built the country’s most populous and robust charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

“Our collaboration with Tesla marks another milestone in our commitment to delivering exceptional EV experiences to our customers,” said José Muñoz, president and global COO, Hyundai Motor Company and president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. After typing all that out, it occurs to us that Muñoz must have one hell of a business card.

Owners of existing and future Hyundai EVs with the current CCS will have access to the Tesla Supercharging Network starting in Q1 2025. Hyundai will offer an adapter to these customers. Hyundai will also make adapters available to charge NACS-equipped vehicles at CCS chargers. This is a good thing.

Don’t forget that Hyundai is part of a multi-company group said to be developing a new, high-powered North American charging network with at least 30,000 chargers. The first American stations in this new network are targeted to open next summer. If you’re wondering, Hyundai sold nearly 35,000 of its Ioniq5 and Ioniq6 all-electrics so far this year – Kona EV numbers aren’t broken out – representing about six percent of its total YTD volume of 595,147 vehicles.

[Image: Hyundai]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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