Texas: New State-Sponsored Chargers Must Include Tesla Charging Standard
Tesla sparks controversy at almost every turn, but the company’s genius occasionally shines through. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Tesla’s Supercharger network is not only its competitive advantage in the EV space but is a significant asset that will help it remain the company to beat. After Ford, GM, and Rivian signed on to use Tesla’s NACS charging standard, the automaker’s home state of Texas issued new rules requiring that state-sponsored charging stations carry its plugs.
Reuters reported the news, which includes a requirement for CCS charging plugs, the other popular standard. The Biden administration had worked with several companies in the industry, including Tesla, to bolster the national charging network. However, the moves made by some of America’s largest automakers all but guarantee Tesla’s NACS standard will be the charging setup going forward.
Texas’ move cements that concept, as it will likely drive other states to follow suit. Though the CCS connectors won’t go away immediately – thousands of EVs rely on them today – Tesla’s charging network is set to explode with growth.
Love them or hate them, Tesla’s chargers are some of the best around. They’re frequently more reliable, easier to use, and more conveniently located than third-party charging brands. It also shows that Tesla’s value isn’t necessarily tied to its vehicles, though they will remain an important part of its business.
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