Genesis, Kia and their parent company, Hyundai, have announced a significant and expected transition for their electric vehicles (EVs) for the North American market. Both companies will adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) ports for their respective EV lineups.
For Genesis and Kia, this transition commences in Q4 2024 for the United States and in 2025 for Canada. Similarly, Hyundai will initiate this change in Q4 2024 for the US, with Canada following suit in early 2025. The implication of this transition is that Genesis, Kia, and Hyundai EVs fitted with NACS ports will have access to over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers scattered across North America. This move is set to double the DC fast charging network available to all three brands and their EV customers.
Claudia Marquez, COO of Genesis Motor North America, emphasized the collaboration’s significance, highlighting the convenience this expanded network will provide to Genesis EV owners. On the Hyundai front, José Muñoz, president and global COO of Hyundai Motor Company and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, voiced a similar sentiment, underscoring Hyundai’s commitment to enhancing the EV experience for its consumers.
Existing and prospective owners of Genesis and Hyundai EVs, which currently have the Combined Charging System (CCS) ports, are not left behind in this transition. Both automakers will introduce adapters, allowing these vehicles access to the Tesla Supercharger Network, with this feature rolling out from Q1 2025. Furthermore, adapters will be available to enable NACS-equipped EVs to charge at existing CCS stations.
Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s senior director of charging, expressed her company’s support for Genesis and Hyundai’s move to the NACS. She reaffirmed Tesla’s mission to further the global shift towards sustainable energy, and the inclusion of other EV brands in the Supercharger network aligns perfectly with this goal.
This strategic partnership goes beyond the NACS integration. Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis are collaborating with six top global automakers to develop a high-powered North American charging network, aiming to establish a minimum of 30,000 chargers. The initial batch of this expansive charging network is set to debut in the US by the summer of 2024, with Canada joining later on.
In essence, this collaboration signifies Hyundai’s, Kia’s, and Genesis’s drive to fortify their charging infrastructure, aligning with their vision for an all-electric product future.