Jaehoon Chang, the president and CEO of Hyundai, says he will consider switching his company’s vehicles to the North American Charging Standard (NACS) system, developed by Tesla in North America – with caveats.
Chang told Reuters the company will have to determine if the switch will be in the best interest of its customers, especially when it comes to charging speeds. Currently, Tesla Level 3 Superchargers operate with a 480-volt architecture, while some Hyundai EVs can handle 800 volts for charging. Chang said he would consult with Tesla to see if they can make appropriate changes.
So far, Ford, General Motors and Rivian have confirmed they will be switching from the Combined Charging System (CCS) over to the NACS protocols fully by 2025; Hyundai is the first automaker from outside North America to consider the change.