Tesla has shared its EV charger connector design in an effort encourage network operators and automakers adopt the technology. This will help to make it the new standard in North America.
In a blog post, Tesla stated that its specification and design files are now available for download. The company said it is “actively working with relevant standards bodies to codify Tesla’s charging connector as a public standard.”
All Tesla vehicles have a charging connector that supports AC charging and DC charging up to 1MW. Its compact design is superior to the Combined Charging System connectors (CCS) used by most EVs in North America.
Tesla claims that its charging connector and charge port — which it now calls the North American Charging Standard (NACS) — is the most common charging standard in North America. It’s a stat based on Tesla vehicle sales in North America and the number of chargers at its branded Supercharging stations. Tesla boasts nearly 1,500 Supercharger station in the United States. Each station has on average nine chargers.
Tesla didn’t name any automakers or charging infrastructure companies as converts. In this highly competitive environment, in which virtually every automaker is now using the CCS, it’s hard to see GM, Ford and Stellantis switching to Tesla’s technology.
However, at least one company — EV startup Aptera — supports the move. Earlier this year, Aptera called for the U.S. government to adopt Tesla’s Supercharger technology as the standard for all EV charging in the country. EVGo also added Tesla connectors at some of its charging stations in America.
The company said in the blog post that network operators “already have plans in motion” to incorporate NACS at their chargers. NACS would allow Tesla owners without the need for adapters to charge at these stations, according to network providers ChargePoint, EVConnect, and Electrify America.
If automakers switch to NACS on its EVs, it would give owners of those vehicles access to Tesla’s North American Supercharging and destination charging networks.