Hyundai, Kia, And Genesis EVs Spotted At Tesla Supercharger Suggests Upcoming NACS Switch

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Tesla Superchargers in California witnessed a lineup of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis electric vehicles, hinting at a possible shift to the NACS charging connector. Reports suggest that these cars were there for a photo session related to an upcoming announcement about adopting Tesla’s NACS connector and gaining access to the Supercharging network.

Similar to other major players like Ford, GM, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Fisker, Honda (Acura), and Jaguar, Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis might make the transition to NACS in North America by 2025. Rumors also circulate about the availability of NACS to CCS1 adapters for customers in 2024, opening the door to Tesla’s Supercharging network.

One key aspect of the NACS/CCS1 switch is its compatibility with high-voltage battery systems. Hyundai Motor Group’s latest electric vehicles, based on the E-GMP platform, boast voltages ranging from 600 to 800 volts. However, the current Tesla Superchargers in North America can only deliver up to 500 volts. This implies that while Hyundai’s customers would gain more charging locations, the charging speed might not match the top CCS1 chargers capable of handling 800-1,000 volts.

Hyundai Motor CEO Jaehoon Chang had previously highlighted this concern in June. The NACS charging connector’s upcoming version promises support for up to 1,000 volts and about one megawatt of charging power. Anticipating this development, we hope to see confirmation from Hyundai Motor Group that full charging speed will be achievable in the near future. The shift to NACS could indeed bring more convenience for Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis EV owners, expanding their charging options across the Tesla Supercharger network.

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