Hyundai, Kia and Genesis have announced their vehicles will be using the North American Charging Standard (NACS) ports starting from next year.
The Korean brands – all part of the Hyundai Motor Group – are joining a majority of automakers who are turning to Tesla’s charging infrastructure, and with good reason. NACS charge plugs can handle more current than the Combined Charging System (CCS) infrastructure now used in most every EV in North America, enabling faster charging speeds. And Tesla’s Supercharger network is easily the most reliable on the continent and offers more than 12,000 fast-charging ports across Canada, the US and Mexico.
The move will see only vehicles for the North American market adopt NACS; globally, they will continue with CCS for the foreseeable future. The US will see the company’s refreshed vehicles come standard with NACS port late next year, while Canada will have to wait until 2025. Owners of existing CCS-port vehicles will be able to use an adapter available from each brand, while future NACS-port cars can use a reverse CCS adapter.
The move is only part of a vast charging plan for Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, which have joined other carmakers to develop at least 30,000 new fast chargers for North America.
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