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News Honda and Acura will both Adopt NACS Charging in Future EVs

Honda and Acura will both Adopt NACS Charging in Future EVs

Honda and Acura EVs will use the Tesla connector, most likely starting in 2025 or 2026.

  • This is not surprising since the Prologue and ZDX will be built by GM, who will also use NACS.

  • This means Acura and Honda EV drivers will have access to Tesla’s Supercharging network.

  • No date has been set for this and the first units of both models will use the current CCS connector.

Like most automakers, Honda and Acura have now announced they will use Tesla’s NACS connector for their future EVs.

This is not surprising since almost every company that intends to sell electric vehicles in North America later in the decade has recently announced a similar collaboration.

The main reason why automakers choose to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector is to give their vehicles access to the Tesla Supercharging network, which already has over 12,000 charging stations across the continent and is generally considered very reliable.

While no official date has been set either by Honda or Acura for the switchover to NACS, American Honda’s CEO told that this should happen in 2025 or 2026.

This makes sense since it is a similar timeframe to what other automakers are targeting, including General Motors.

2024 Honda Prologue | Photo: Honda

This is important since both the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX are based on GM’s Ultium platform and they will be built by the American company in one of its own plants.

Since both are 2024 models, the first units will be equipped with the standard CCS connector until they receive the Tesla hardware a year or two down the line.

Of course, the next generation of Honda and Acura EVs, engineered in-house this time, are expected to be NACS compatible from the get-go once they arrive in 2027 or 2028.

Despite this collaboration, Honda and Acura don’t want to let Tesla profit alone from the charging sector, which is why they joined Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, BMW, Hyundai, and Kia in order to develop a competing charging network.

Looking at what made Tesla’s system so successful, the automakers have decided to prioritize reliability, accessibility, security, and maintenance for this upcoming charging network.


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