Jaguar has thrown its weight behind the North American Charging Standard (NACS), announcing its plans to incorporate Tesla's charging technology into its upcoming generation of electric vehicles (EVs). This move positions Jaguar as the 11th automaker to embrace the NACS framework, a series of decisions that unfolded rapidly following Ford's groundbreaking announcement in May to transition away from the Combined Charging System (CCS).
In line with the agreements reached with other automakers, Jaguar will provide existing owners of the Jaguar I-Pace with an adapter. This adapter will grant access to Tesla's Supercharger network across Canada, the United States, and Mexico, commencing in 2024. Subsequently, starting in 2025 and beyond, all electric Jaguar vehicles sold in the North American region will come equipped with an integrated NACS charge port.
Mark Camilleri, Director of Electrification Services at Jaguar, expressed the company's dedication to facilitating its customers' transition to electric vehicles and their commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2039. Camilleri noted, “Today's announcement is an important step as we deliver an outstanding charging experience for our all-electric Jaguar clients. Whilst most charging takes place at home, when away from home, our clients want access to fast, reliable, and convenient chargers. Tesla has created a charging network across the globe that delivers this, and we are delighted to be working with them to provide access for Jaguar clients.”
Earlier this year, Jaguar had revealed plans to retire its sole electric vehicle, the I-Pace, by 2025. The company is redirecting its strategy towards an ambitious investment of up to £15 billion over the next five years to develop its next generation of electric vehicles.
Jaguar's decision to join the growing roster of automakers adopting the NACS signifies the diminishing prominence of CCS in North America. Ford initiated this transition with its pivotal announcement in May, paving the way for other major players in the automotive industry, including General Motors, Rivian, Nissan, Fisker, Mercedes-Benz, Polestar, Volvo, Aptera, and most recently Honda & Acura, to align themselves with the NACS initiative.