Subaru has recently entered into an agreement with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its upcoming battery electric vehicles (BEVs). This strategic move by Subaru is aligned with the broader industry trend of major automakers, including Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, and many others, embracing the NACS as a standard for their future EV models.
Under this agreement, Subaru will begin implementing NACS charging ports in its Subaru-branded BEVs set to debut in the North American market from 2025 onward. While Subaru will still offer BEVs equipped with the CCS (Combined Charging System), they will also incorporate adapters for NACS chargers. This forward-thinking approach allows Subaru's electric vehicles to seamlessly connect with over 15,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America.
Subaru's commitment to electrification has been gaining momentum recently, with plans to introduce eight new fully electric models in the coming years. The company has set ambitious goals for the future, aiming for BEVs to represent 50% of its global sales by 2030, with a similar target for its largest market, North America.
Among Subaru's upcoming EVs is a three-row electric crossover, scheduled for production in Kentucky alongside its Toyota counterpart, starting in 2025. Notably, Toyota has confirmed its intention to utilize the NACS port in its three-row EV, implying that Subaru's closely-related model will also feature this standard.
This collaboration between Subaru and Tesla underscores the industry's dedication to fostering a standardized and convenient charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, ensuring a smoother transition to sustainable transportation options in North America.