QOTD: Which Automaker Will Offer Tesla Charging Connectors Next?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

qotd which automaker will offer tesla charging connectors next

We've reported on Ford and GM reaching agreements to use Tesla's EV charging standard.

So the obvious question is -- who's next?

Again, this one is pretty self-explantory -- which automaker, tired of all the challenges presented by the current lack of reliable EV-charging infrastructure, strikes a deal with Tesla to use its charging standard?

Our bet is that Volkswagen is last, due to its ownership of Electrify America, will be the last -- if it ever does. But surely Ford and GM won't be the other automakers to use Tesla's charging standard.

What do you think? Sound off below.

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  • Alan Alan on Jun 11, 2023

    Like many things, ie, Apple. Manufacturers must stop manufacturing products with little ability to interface with other similar products. Imagine how much the global economy will save! The EU did it right with Apple and using USB C.

    Just use one standard plug. Imagine if every manufacturer of TVs, electric kettle, home entertainment etc use their own electrical plugs! Its not that hard.

  • Probert Probert on Jun 11, 2023

    EA will probably start to put Tesla connectors on their chargers along with CCS. Chademo will take it in the neck. The caveat is whether Tesla will license the connector, and for how much. If they call it a a "standard" then I think it has to be made accessible.

    Will others follow GM and Ford? I'm don't know what's involved in the deals with GM and Ford. To get the Infrastructure money, Tesla has to open their chargers anyway, and they really want that money. So I'm not sure what advantage GM and Ford will have. Perhaps just the convenience of tighter integration - dunno.

    Surely that convenience would play out for luxury brands - Porsche, Merc, BMW - so I definitely see that in the near future.

  • Tagbert Tagbert on Jun 12, 2023

    I suspect that Volvo and Polestar will be among the next round of manufacturers announcing a switch to NACS. Now that Tesla, Ford, and GM are onboard, it’s not a question of ‘if’ but of ‘when’ the rest follow or be left out. Even VW will fold eventually.

  • Luke42 Luke42 on Jun 12, 2023

    The company I want to see adopt the Tesla connector and charging network is Rivian.

    An R1S that could use Tesla chargers might actually be an upgrade to my Model Y?!?!