Stellantis Adopts Tesla’s NACS Charger

All major automakers have now announced plans to adopt the charging port, after Ford was the first to do so last May.

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Stellantis, the last major holdout for Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS), has officially adopted it for its upcoming vehicles.

According to a press release, all Stellantis-owned brands will build vehicles with Tesla’s NACS charging port, otherwise called the SAE J3400, beginning in 2026. Stellantis owns Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and Alfa Romeo, and the company will start by adding the port to select battery-electric vehicle (BEV) offerings.

“Customers win when the industry aligns on open standards. We are happy to announce our backing and adoption of the SAE J3400 connector, a milestone for all customers on the path to open and seamless charging,” said Ricardo Stamatti, SVP of global energy and charging at Stellantis. “Our Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan puts customers at the center of open interoperability and freedom of mobility for all. This future will be amplified by IONNA, our public charging joint venture with six other OEMs that will deliver industry-leading high-powered charging for all battery-electric vehicles regardless of brand.”

The announcement comes just weeks after Mazda jumped aboard Tesla’s charging standard in January, and after Volkswagen adopted the NACS across its brands in December.

It was also recently announced IONNA, an EV charging network joint venture between Mercedes-Benz, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Stellantis, has gained regulatory approval to start building it out. The new joint venture is expected to oversee the construction of 30,000 fast-charging stations.

The first of the IONNA EV charging stations are expected to be built by the end of this year.

The adoption of the standard by major automakers began last May, when Ford CEO Jim Farley announced the company would be building future BEVs with Tesla’s charging hardware, and giving its BEVs access to the Supercharger network.

GM followed the announcement just weeks later in early June, and every other automaker slowly hopped on board throughout the remainder of the year.

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