Nissan will be adding NACS charging to future models
First Japanese automaker to move to the North American plug
Nissan is set to be the next automaker to adopt Tesla’s North American Charging Standard plug, joining GM and Ford and becoming the first Japanese automaker to make the switch. The company announced the move earlier today.
“Adopting the NACS standard underlines Nissan’s commitment to making electric mobility even more accessible as we follow our Ambition 2030 long-term vision of greater electrification,” Jeremie Papin, Nissan Americas chairperson, said in a statement (via Automotive News).
While Nissan was the first to bring mainstream EVs to market with the 2011 Nissan Leaf, the brand also brought the CHAdeMO charging standard to North America. That plug failed to take hold with other automakers, who largely decided on the competing CCS plug.
Using Tesla’s NACS port will allow future Nissan EVs to access the Tesla Supercharger network. There are more than 17,000 chargers in that network.
GM, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and others moving to NACS said that their future cars would have built-in NACS plugs and be able to use CCS charging stations via an adaptor. Current EVs would be able to use Superchargers using an adaptor. Nissan did not announce its plans for a timeline for the changeover but did say that adapters would be available next year.
Nissan’s current EV lineup is limited to the Leaf and the Ariya crossover, with more models planned for the second half of the decade.