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America's largest EV charging network adopts Tesla's NACS connector

ChargePoint will soon offer Tesla NACS connector at all of its stations (image:ChargePoint)
ChargePoint will soon offer Tesla NACS connector at all of its stations (image:ChargePoint)
While Tesla owns the largest DC charger network for electric vehicles in the US, ChargePoint is the biggest overall with 48,946 ports spread across its Level 1, Level 2, and DC fast chargers. ChargePoint has finally announced that it will be adopting the Tesla NACS connector for new and existing stations.

ChargePoint just announced that it will join the open-source North American Charging Standard (NACS) and will be offering Tesla-compatible connectors at all of its current and upcoming charging stations. The announcement is rather significant since with nearly 49,000 charging ports across Level 1, Level 2, and DC chargers at 15,454 locations, ChargePoint can be considered the biggest EV charging network in the US.

Nearly 43% of all public EV charging ports in the US are provided by ChargePoint and that goes for all charging locations in America, too. Tesla, however, holds the lion's share of DC fast chargers in the US with its sprawling Supercharger network. The Tesla NACS connector will thus complement the existing CCS, J1772, and CHAdeMO ones available at ChargePoint locations in North America, for the ultimate in compatibility no matter what kind of EV and which model year you drive.

The Tesla NACS connectors will be "available for both new and existing chargers, whether they are DC, AC or home," tips ChargePoint, while manufacturing of the new charging piles with added NACS connector will start as soon as this year. The move comes after major automakers like GM, Ford, and Rivian, as well as a number of smaller charging networks said that they will be going NACS.

Today's ChargePoint announcement leaves Electrify America as about the last holdout among the major networks that still hasn't revealed its Tesla charging system strategy. Given that states like Texas and Washington have now started mandating that all state-subsidized EV chargers offer a NACS connector, too, it may have little choice but join the fray if federal or state subsidies are a desirable outcome.

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US EV charging network ranking (source: EVadoption)
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Daniel Zlatev, 2023-06-27 (Update: 2023-06-27)