Toyota joins ‘the Tesla plug’ club

Toyota has become the latest major automaker to ink a deal with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) – also known as the “Tesla Plug” – on its fully electric vehicles from 2025.

The agreement sees the Japanese car giant following in the footsteps of more than a dozen other automakers that have also adopted Tesla’s charging connector, among them GM, Ford, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and Honda.

The move to NACS increases convenience for the growing number of electric vehicle owners as it will give them access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the US.

Toyota said it will include the NACS port in “some” EVs, while also saying that its existing electric vehicles with Combined Charging System (CCS) plugs will get Tesla Supercharger access through an adapter that will be supplied in 2025. Will go.

It revealed that one of the vehicles to be equipped with the NACS port will be an all-new, three-row, battery-electric SUV assembled at Toyota’s Kentucky facility, the automaker’s largest vehicle manufacturing plant globally.

“Welcome back Toyota and Lexus owners to Superchargers across North America,” Tesla said in a post on social media announcing Toyota’s decision.

Toyota and Lexus owners welcome to Superchargers across North America ✓️

— Tesla Charging (@TeslaCharging) 19 October 2023

In its own announcement, Toyota, which is in a constant battle with GM for the largest share of the US auto market across all types of vehicles, said it is “dedicated to delivering a seamless charging experience”, pointing out that Its customers already have access to more than 84,000 charging ports in North America, including Level 2 and DC fast chargers.

It added: “With NACS, customers will have access to more charging options, especially DC fast chargers, giving them greater confidence to travel to even more destinations.”

Toyota has been slow to adopt fully electric vehicles, which is in line with its slow decision to join others in adopting NACS. But in Tesla’s victory, it has now joined the club.

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