Unveiling the North American Charging Standard: Tesla’s Dominance and the Rise of NACS


1. Tesla's Open-Source North American Charging Standard (NACS)

Last year, Tesla made headlines by open-sourcing a significant portion of its charging infrastructure, introducing it as the North American Charging Standard (NACS). This bold move has caught the attention of various manufacturers, leading to an increasing number of companies endorsing NACS.

2. The Emergence of a New Dominant Standard

In the world of standards, introducing a new alternative based on proprietary technology often results in an abundance of competing standards. However, recent announcements from industry giants such as Ford, GM, and Rivian have indicated a shift towards NACS as the preferred charging standard in North America. This trend poses a substantial challenge to established standards like CCS (Combined Charging System) and the dwindling CHAdeMO.

3. Simplifying the Charging Experience

Tesla's extensive charging network across the continent, coupled with their decision to allow other electric vehicles (EVs) to utilize it, has motivated other car manufacturers to embrace NACS. Beyond enhancing compatibility, these companies are driven by the desire to cater to consumer demands for a streamlined and hassle-free charging experience. After all, dealing with dongles when connecting external devices is already irritating enough, let alone when dealing with high-power electrical connections.

4. Implementing NACS in Your EV Project

If you are considering integrating NACS into your own EV project, the standard is readily available. In previous discussions, we have explored various charging standards and advancements in wireless EV charging, such as the induction charger used in the EV1. With the current trajectory, now is an opportune time to be at the forefront of the burgeoning EV charging empire, equipped with a fleet of Charglas.