Tesla's Supercharger network is about to get more crowded. On Thursday afternoon, General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined Tesla CEO (and Twitter's owner) Elon Musk to announce that GM is signing on to what Tesla calls the North American Charging Standard (NACS) and will integrate those ports into its electric vehicles from 2025. The move follows a similar agreement between Tesla and Ford, announced two weeks ago.
"This collaboration is a key part of our strategy and an important next step in quickly expanding access to fast chargers for our customers. Not only will it help make the transition to electric vehicles more seamless for our customers, but it could help move the industry toward a single North American charging standard," Barra said in a statement.
GM EVs will gain access to the Supercharger network of over 12,000 chargers starting in 2024. As with the Ford news, GM EVs will initially require an adapter to connect the NACS cable to their CCS1 charging ports.
From 2025, GM will build its EVs with NACS ports and says it will make CCS adapters available for customers so they can continue using CCS chargers like those in the Electrify America network or the 5,250 DC fast chargers that GM is deploying together with EVGo, Pilot, Flying J, and others.
"Giving every EV owner access to ubiquitous and reliable charging is a cornerstone of that mission. We’re excited to work with other industry leaders like General Motors to provide access to the Tesla Supercharger Network via the North American Charging Standard," said Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla's senior director of charging infrastructure.
GM will add all Tesla Superchargers to its Ultium Charge 360 network, which aggregates chargers from different networks (including EVgo, ChargePoint, Shell Recharge, and others) into a single app for GM drivers.