Nissan Jumps on NACS Bandwagon

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

nissan jumps on nacs bandwagon

It’s only a matter of time before nearly every major EV manufacturer hawking cars in this country moves to the so-called North American Charging Standard.

Nissan announced today it has reached an agreement with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) starting in 2025, making it the first Japanese automaker to proclaim future product support for this form of EV charging. In the interim (meaning 2024) Nissan will make available a charging adapter for Ariya models currently equipped with the CCS fast charging port. This will permit owners to connect their vehicle’s charging port to a NACS plug at compatible chargers.

After that stopgap solution, the year 2025 will see Nissan begin offering EVs for American and Canadian markets with a NACS port, though it doesn’t specify if NACS will be in addition to or in replacement of the existing CCS. We wager the latter for a multitude of reasons – cost, packaging, and duplication being just three good ones. The inclusion of NACS ports will make charging on the Tesla Supercharger network possible, significantly increasing the number of public fast-charging locations at which Nissan EVs can be charged.

“Adopting the NACS standard underlines Nissan’s commitment to making electric mobility even more accessible as we follow our Ambition 2030 long-term vision of greater electrification,” said Jérémie Papin, chairperson, Nissan Americas. It is worth mentioning the Ambition 2030 plan calls for more than 40 percent of its U.S. vehicle sales to be fully electric by that calendar year. This is a big task since, through the first two quarters of this annum, the company’s EV mix comprised just over 2 percent of sales in America. In fact, except for the GT-R and Z, the Leaf and Ariya are Nissan’s two slowest-selling nameplates so far this year with unit sales of 4,234 and 5,195 respectively. For comparison, they moved 147,745 Rogue crossovers

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