Electrify Canada, along with its parent company, Electrify America, will be adding the Tesla North American Charging Standard (NACS) charging connector to its fast-charging network.
The company says it will include NACS on all of its existing and future charging stations by 2025, but will continue to offer the Combined Charging System (CCS) connector for the foreseeable future. The fast-charging network has more than 850 charging stations with about 4,000 individual chargers in the US and Canada.
“Since our founding, we have focused on building an inclusive and open hyper-fast charging network to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles,” says Robert Barrosa, president and CEO of Electrify America. “We look forward to continuing to support industry-wide standards that increase vehicle interoperability and streamline public charging.”
The ball is rolling on a mass adoption of the NACS charging protocol in North America. Electrify America and Electrify Canada join Flo, ChargePoint and Blink in announcing a move towards the Tesla-developed charging standard. And Ford, General Motors, Volvo and Rivian have announced they will be going with NACS ports in their future EVs, with Stellantis and Hyundai mulling the idea.
On top of that, SAE International, the US-based engineering standards organization, recently announced it will officially standardize the NACS connector, which the company says “is the next step to establish a consensus-based approach for maintaining NACS and validating its ability to meet performance and interoperability criteria.”