Kia And Genesis Join Hyundai In Switching To Tesla’s NACS Plug

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Kia and Genesis are following in Hyundai’s footsteps, ditching the Combined Charging System (CCS1) for Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) in the region. This move, set to kick off in about a year, will first apply to new or revamped models starting Q4 2024.

The shift means these cars will seamlessly integrate with Tesla’s Supercharging network in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, thanks to the NACS charging inlet. Even the current Kia, Genesis, and Hyundai models, designed for CCS1 charging, can juice up at Tesla Supercharging stations once NACS adapters roll out in Q1 2025.

For added convenience, Kia notes that EV owners can use Tesla’s Supercharger network through the Kia Connect app after a software update. This includes features like locating, navigating, and paying at Superchargers, with detailed info on availability, status, and pricing.

While the trio hasn’t spilled the beans on Tesla’s V3 Superchargers’ fast-charging power output, there’s a hitch. These chargers max out at 500 volts, while Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform EVs boast 600-800 volts in their battery packs. To unlock the full potential, higher voltage is needed, and it’s speculated that the next-gen Tesla Superchargers, possibly V4, could handle up to 1,000 volts.

Critical for Hyundai Motor Group is ensuring long-term high-power charging capabilities, akin to their existing 800-volt CCS1 chargers. And here’s the question lingering in the air – when will we see the first 1,000-volt NACS sites?

On another note, Hyundai, Kia, and a few other brands have united for a joint venture, planning to deploy over 30,000 individual chargers in a new network across North America. Stay tuned for more on this electrifying development.

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