Hyundai Drives Change: Switching to Tesla’s NACS Connector for US EV Models in 2024

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Big news for Hyundai electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts in the US and Canada! Starting late 2024, all-new or updated Hyundai EV models will sport Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector, granting access to Tesla’s extensive charger network.

Hyundai’s move follows a trend among major automakers, choosing Tesla’s NACS for its reliability and broad charging infrastructure. The shift means Hyundai EVs with NACS connectors can tap into over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the US, Canada, and Mexico, essentially doubling the fast-charging options for Hyundai owners.

According to José Muñoz, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, “Our collaboration with Tesla is a milestone in providing exceptional EV experiences. This alliance ensures Hyundai EV owners convenient charging access and complements our venture to establish a robust charging network with over 30,000 stations in North America.”

The Tesla Supercharging network will seamlessly support high-speed charging for Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) vehicles, including popular models like the Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, and the upcoming Ioniq 7.

Existing Hyundai EV owners with the current CCS port won’t miss out. By Q1 2025, an adapter will enable them to use the Tesla Supercharging Network. The Korean automaker plans to offer adapters for NACS-equipped vehicles to use CCS chargers as well.

Rebecca Tinucci, Senior Director of Charging at Tesla, expressed, “Opening our Supercharging network to additional electric vehicles supports our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. We’re thrilled to welcome Hyundai as the latest adopter of the North American Charging Standard.”

Hyundai’s EV plans don’t stop there. Teaming up with six global carmakers, the company aims to establish a new, high-powered charging network with at least 30,000 chargers in North America. Initial US stations are expected to open in the summer of 2024, with Canada to follow later.

This strategic move aligns with a growing trend of automakers partnering with Tesla to overcome the charging challenges hindering EV adoption. Hyundai’s decision adds momentum to Tesla’s Supercharger network, recognized as the largest and most efficient charging ecosystem.

As Tesla’s NACS connector gains prominence, thanks to efforts by SAE International to establish it as a true standard, it signals a potential future for EV charging in North America.

Hyundai joins a prestigious list of automakers adopting Tesla’s NACS charging port, including Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo Cars, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Infiniti, Jaguar, Honda, Acura, Fisker, and Aptera. Expect similar announcements from Hyundai’s subsidiaries, Kia and Genesis, in the near future. The EV revolution continues, and Hyundai is driving change with Tesla’s NACS connector at the forefront.

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