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News General Motors and Tesla Collaborate to Expand EV Charging Infrastructure

General Motors and Tesla Collaborate to Expand EV Charging Infrastructure

Unified Charging Standards and Increased Charging Access at the Heart of the Collaboration

  • General Motors to integrate NACS in EVs from 2025, leveraging Tesla’s Superchargers.

  • Collaboration expands charging access, and builds on Ultium Charge 360 initiative, fostering mass EV adoption.

In a decisive move towards standardization and improved access to electric vehicle (EV) charging, General Motors (GM) announced its plan to incorporate the North American Charging Standard (NACS) into its EVs from 2025. This development follows a groundbreaking collaboration with Tesla, marking a significant stride in the evolution of EV charging accessibility.

The initiative, commencing early 2024, will see GM customers accessing over 12,000 Tesla Supercharger stations across North America, a number that’s continually increasing. Initially, charging at these stations will necessitate an adapter, but from 2025 onwards, GM will start producing EVs equipped with a NACS inlet, enabling direct charging at Tesla Superchargers. GM will also offer adapters for NACS-enabled vehicles to charge at CCS-compatible fast charging stations.

The partnership extends GM’s existing efforts via its Ultium Charge 360 initiative to expand charging options for customers in residential, work, and public areas. The initiative currently boasts over 134,000 chargers accessible to GM EV drivers through the company’s apps.

2022 Tesla Model Y Performance | Photo: Vincent Aubé
2022 Tesla Model Y Performance | Photo: Vincent Aubé

GM’s Strategy to Facilitate Mass EV Adoption

Commenting on the move, GM’s CEO Mary Barra highlighted the collaboration as a crucial component of their strategy to facilitate mass EV adoption. She expressed that it could spearhead the establishment of a single North American charging standard.

As part of the agreement, the Tesla Supercharger Network will be integrated into GM’s vehicle and mobile apps. This step will further streamline the charging process for drivers, enabling them to conveniently locate, pay for, and initiate charging at Tesla Superchargers.

Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure, mirrored the sentiment, emphasizing the mission to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy through ubiquitous and reliable charging.

In collaboration with industry partners like Pilot Company and EVgo, GM’s ongoing efforts have already contributed towards a substantial network of fast chargers. With the inclusion of Tesla’s Superchargers, GM customers will have access to one of North America’s most expansive integrated networks of high-power charging stations, amplifying their commitment to a sustainable all-electric future.

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