Honda & Acura to adopt Tesla's NACS charging connector
Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda Motor Company and its luxury brand Acura will adopt American EV giant Tesla Motors’ North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector in North America.
Noriya Kaihara, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of American Honda Motor Company, confirmed in a recent interview that the automaker will follow manufacturers like General Motors (GM) in joining the NACS coalition. He stressed that it is quite important for the company to join the NACS coalition.
However, the top executive didn’t reveal when Honda and its Acura brand’s all-electric vehicles (BEVs) will come equipped with NACS charging inlets. While many other automakers are targeting 2025, the Japanese manufacturer said it would depend on GM, as the first Honda and Acura all-electric models based on GM's EV-dedicated Ultium platform will be built at GM's plants in the U.S.
GM has also signed up for the so-called CCS1-to-NACS inlets. Starting in the year of 2025, Honda and its luxury brand Acura should also be ready for the same in 2025 or 2026. However, Honda’s first BEVs like the Honda Prologue and the recently unveiled Acura ZDX will come equipped with the Combined Charging System which is commonly called CCS1.
In the meantime, a number of OEMs, including Honda, Kia, BMW Group, GM, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis, have joined forces to create a new joint venture (JV) for fast charging network in the U.S. and Canada. The main focus of the JV will be on making the network secure, reliable and easily accessible.
Jay Joseph, Vice President (VP) of Sustainability & Business Development for American Honda, said in a statement that the software needs to be very reliable as well as easily accessible for being successful.
When asked for a comment, Joseph said, “The software needs to be really reliable and really open infrastructure so it communicates with every OEM's software. The hardware needs to be capable of the highest levels of charging. It needs to be secure; it needs to be reliable; it needs to be accessible.”
Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker is also working on its own EV-dedicated platform that will be used to build its future BEVs. These all-electric vehicles will follow the first two BEVs that will be underpinned by GM’s Ultium platform. As far as the North American market is concerned, those BEVs will have NACS inlets right from the beginning.