Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche Set for Major EV Charging Network Overhaul in 2025

In a groundbreaking development for electric vehicle infrastructure Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Scout Motors has announced its commitment to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its future electric vehicles starting in 2025. This decision marks a significant step in enhancing the EV charging experience for consumers across North America.

The integration of NACS into the upcoming electric vehicles will align them with the prevalent VW, Audi, Porsche charging infrastructure in the region. In a bid to further expand charging access, these brands are also exploring adapter solutions for existing vehicles with Combined Charging System (CCS) ports. This initiative aims to provide access to the expansive Tesla Supercharger network, boasting over 15,000 charging points. This effort complements the existing network of more than 3,800 DC fast charging outlets operated by Electrify America and Electrify Canada.

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Electrify America has announced plans to incorporate the NACS connector at its charging stations by 2025, alongside continued support for the CCS standard. This move underscores Volkswagen Group's commitment to fostering open standards and interoperability in the EV charging ecosystem.

Pablo Di Si, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, expressed enthusiasm about the announcement, highlighting the increased VW, Audi, Porsche charging options it would offer to electric vehicle customers. This initiative is expected to significantly benefit users of popular electric models like the Volkswagen ID.4, providing access to a comprehensive and growing charging network.

Timo Resch, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, stressed the importance of customer experience and choice in charging solutions. He lauded the partnership with Tesla, set to commence in 2025, as a significant step towards expanding the charger network accessible to Porsche customers across the U.S.

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NACS in upcoming EVs aligns with VW, Audi, Porsche charging, expanding Tesla network access with new adapters for over 15,000 points

Scott Keogh, President and CEO of Scout Motors, emphasized the customer-centric approach in designing their new Scout vehicles. Incorporating NACS connectors from the outset, Scout Motors aims to offer its future customers access to a vast and rapidly growing fast-charging network.

This announcement represents a strategic alignment with the prevailing VW, Audi, Porsche charging infrastructure in North America. This move, coupled with the exploration of adapter solutions for existing CCS-equipped vehicles to access the Tesla Supercharger network, indicates a significant shift towards standardization and interoperability in the EV charging ecosystem. It potentially broadens the charging network for consumers, enhancing convenience and reducing range anxiety. However, the impact of this decision on the market dynamics, particularly in terms of consumer adoption rates and the competitive landscape among charging network providers, remains to be seen and will depend on the execution and consumer response to these initiatives.

This year at the 2023 LA Auto Show, Volkswagen made a significant impact by unveiling its expanding lineup of electric vehicles.

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