General Motors announced Thursday it will partner with Tesla Inc. and begin using the company’s North American Charging Standard ports in its electric vehicles by 2025.
The collaboration will allow GM EV drivers to access 12,000 Tesla superchargers in 2024 with the use of an adapter. After 2025, GM will begin making an adapter that will allow its NACS vehicles to charge on CCS ports.
The announcement comes just two weeks after Ford’s decision to also partner with Tesla on a similar timetable, with access beginning in Spring 2024. Ford EV customers currently use the BlueOval Charge Network, which has 84,000 chargers, 10,000 of which are fast chargers.
The Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit vehicles will use a Tesla-developed adapter, with new EVs to be fitted with the NACS port from 2025 on.
Tesla’s charging network will also be integrated into GM’s vehicles and apps, allowing drivers to locate and pay for them without extra work. GM currently has 134,000 chargers on its Ultium Charge 360 Network, and plans to add 5,000 more DC fast chargers through partnerships with Pilot Company and EVgo.
Tesla has approximately 45,000 superchargers worldwide at nearly 5,000 Supercharger stations. The GM and Ford deals represent it making good on its commitment made in February to opening up 7,500 of its private charging stations to non-Tesla drivers by the end of 2024.
“Our vision of the all-electric future means producing millions of world-class EVs across categories and price points, while creating an ecosystem that will accelerate mass EV adoption,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra. “Not only will it help make the transition to electric vehicles more seamless for our customers, but it could help move the industry toward a single North American charging standard.”