Volvo Joins Tesla for Supercharger Access and Adopts NACS Port!
Recently, Volvo announced a groundbreaking agreement with Tesla, enabling its current and future electric vehicle models to utilize Tesla's extensive Supercharger network. Following in the footsteps of Ford and GM, Volvo also revealed that its upcoming EVs from 2025 onwards will feature the North American Charging Standard (NACS) port instead of the Combined Charging System (CCS) port.
This collaboration marks a significant milestone as Volvo becomes the first European automaker to adopt Tesla's charge port and gain access to over 12,000 Superchargers across the United States. Volvo owners will be able to access the Superchargers as early as the first half of 2024 using an adapter. For vehicles equipped with the NACS port, Volvo assures customers that they can still charge on CCS chargers with a separate adapter provided by the company.
While Volvo did not explicitly mention integrating the Supercharger network into their vehicles' native navigation systems (currently powered by Google Maps), they did mention that users can utilize the Volvo Cars app for this purpose. Through the app, EV owners can locate nearby chargers, obtain real-time availability information, and conveniently pay for their charging sessions.
Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo, emphasized the brand's commitment to simplifying the electric driving experience, stating, "As part of our journey to becoming fully electric by 2030, we want to make life with an electric car as easy as possible. Access to easy and convenient charging infrastructure is a key factor in encouraging more people to make the shift to electric driving and promoting sustainable transportation. With this agreement, we are taking a major step to remove this barrier for Volvo drivers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico."
This development hints at a potential trend, with more automakers potentially following Ford, GM, and Volvo's lead in the future, as seen with the implementation of NACS in the Mustang Mach-E. It is an exciting time for the electric vehicle industry as collaborations and agreements like these contribute to the growth of sustainable transportation options.