Stellantis, underwhich Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and a few other brands operate, is considering the implementation of the North American Charging Standard (NACS), Tesla’s proprietary charging design, into their future electric vehicles. This potential adoption is greatly inspired by the fact that its main North American rivals, Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co, have recently announced that their new EVs will be compatible with the stations in the next few years.
Their statement to Reuters expressed an ongoing evaluation process for the NACS. “We continue to evaluate the NACS standard and look forward to sharing further developments down the line,” said the representative from Stellantis.
The company underscored its commitment to delivering the optimal charging experience to their customers. They are set to offer intuitive and convenient solutions with their Free2Move Charge brand. This initiative, in partnership with various charging providers, promises to facilitate seamless charging both at home and on-the-go. The recent moves by GM and Ford to adopt NACS could play a significant role in shaping Stellantis’ final decision.
Ford and GM’s decision comes at a critical time. Both automakers, and Stellantis, are on the cusp of rolling out numerous new EVs. The concern for all is that the charging infrastructure is still deficient. Meanwhile, Tesla has nearly 20,000 Superchargers already online which, up until recently, were exclusively reserved for owners.
This is truly a case of: “If you can’t beat them, join them.”