Honda & Acura EVs: Transitioning to Tesla’s NACS Charge Port!
Honda announces its plan to integrate Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) ports on its future electric vehicles (EVs), which extends to its luxury Acura lineup. This move will grant Honda EVs access to Tesla's expansive Supercharger network.
Honda Motor Co.'s American CEO, Noriya Kaihara, emphasized the significance of this decision, stating, "We also have to push NACS, as well. It is clear."
However, the integration timeline for Honda is tied to General Motors (GM) as the upcoming Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX EV models are built on GM's architecture, notably its Ultium battery technology. While the Acura ZDX SUV will initially feature the non-Tesla compatible CCS port, a transition to NACS is anticipated between 2025 and 2026.
"We depend on GM," shared Shinji Aoyama, Honda Motor Co.'s Executive Vice President. "Once they adopt NACS, the ZDX will follow suit."
In further EV development, Honda is collaborating with seven global car manufacturers to launch over 30,000 EV fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada. Honda asserts that for the charging network to flourish, it should be highly reliable, compatible across different manufacturers, and robust in terms of charging capacity.
Reflecting on Tesla's Supercharger system, Jay Joseph, American Honda's VP of Sustainability and Business Development, highlighted the efficiency of its maintenance. "Tesla's Superchargers are exemplary due to their prompt repair system," Joseph mentioned, reinforcing the importance of adopting the NACS charging design.
Recently, Tesla introduced the Universal Wall Connector in North America for non-Tesla EVs. Inspired by the Supercharger's Magic Dock, it offers level 2 charging at home, adapting via the Magic Lock.