VW to Implement NACS for EVs

February 15th, 2024 by

Electrify America and Volkswagen

Electric vehicles are a significant part of the automotive industry’s future, and a key to that is good standards that make it easy for customers to understand how to charge and where to charge their vehicles. For many years, there have been multiple types of fast charger connectors, making it more difficult for EV owners. 

Standard EV Charging

North American Charging Standard

Volkswagen has announced that they will be utilizing the North American Charging Standard, or NACS, to allow a more significant amount of chargers to be utilized throughout North America, including Tesla Superchargers, with all of their new 2025 and beyond models. They are currently working on a plan that will allow existing VW EV customers to have access to the new standard charging plug. 

Volkswagen Charging Side View

A Word From VW

“This is great news for our electric vehicle customers in the North American Region,” said Pablo Di Si, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “This potentially provides them with access to more than 15,000 additional charging points as well as the current near-4,000 DC fast charging outlets operated by Electrify America.  It would mean that customers of our fast-selling electric vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4 will have access to an extensive and growing charging network.”

What Is The NACS?

The NACS is a charging standard developed by Tesla Motors and has been used for their cars since 2021. It became available for other automakers to use starting in 2023.

Charging Port for Volkswagen

A Word From Tesla

Rebecca Tinucci, Senior Director of Charging at Tesla, said: “Earlier this year, the North American Charging standard was just an idea. Today, with the VW Group’s commitment, almost every major automotive manufacturer is onboard, rallying behind a shared vision of improving charging experiences for all EV drivers. This is only the beginning of our industry-wide efforts to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

Charging Volkswagen EV

Charging Inclusion

With the NACS now becoming standard on all new Volkswagen electric vehicles, owners can access over 15,000 Tesla Superchargers, as well as more than 3,800 DC fast chargers from Electrify America and Electrify Canada. 

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