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Toyota joins the crowd to adopt Tesla charging connector in 2025

Peng Chen, DIGITIMES Asia, Taipei 0

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Toyota Motor announced on October 19 that it will adopt Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) in North America, just like Ford, General Motors, and many other competitors. Toyota and Lexus drivers will be able to charge at Tesla Supercharger stations starting in 2025.

According to an announcement, Toyota will integrate NACS connectors into the design of certain Toyota and Lexus battery EVs in 2025. One of the vehicles will be a new three-row battery SUV that will be assembled at the carmaker's plant in Kentucky, the US.

Toyota also said it will provide adaptors to its existing vehicles equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS), another charging connector used in the US, so they can also charge at Tesla Superchargers.

According to the carmaker, Toyota and Lexus customers can charge at 84,000 level 2 and DC fast chargers across North America. The NACS adoption will gain drivers access to over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers.

The Japanese automaker is laying the groundwork for its EV ramp-up in the US. Toyota and LG Energy Solution announced in early October an NCMA battery supply agreement in the US. LGES will offer Toyota 20GWh of battery modules annually beginning in 2025.

Toyota's NACS adoption came after Hyundai, Kia, and BMW Group said that they will begin using the charging connector in 2025 earlier this month. More than 20 automakers and charging service providers have joined the crowd.

ChargePoint, a US-based charging service company, said on Thursday that it has begun offering Tesla drivers adaptors to charge at its AC and DC charging stations. ChargePoint said it is the first in the charging industry to ship a native DC connector compatible with Tesla vehicles.