Friday, July 12, 2024

Tesla Resolves Cable Length Issues for NACS Supercharger Compatibility

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Tesla has taken steps to address cable concerns for its NACS Supercharger sites, which are now open to Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E drivers. Tesla announced that Rivian, General Motors, Volvo, and Polestar owners will also gain access to Tesla’s NACS Supercharger next month.

One of the key concerns among Tesla owners has been how other EV brands, such as Ford, would use Supercharger stalls, given the shorter cables on Tesla vehicles. Unlike Tesla vehicles, other EV brands have their charging ports at the front of the car, on the opposite side of a Supercharger’s cable.

See also: Ford Rolls Out Free Adapters for Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning Owners to Access Tesla Superchargers

“Most Supercharger cables at [Tesla] NACS Supercharger sites should be able to reach your EV charge port; however, in some cases, you might have to park over the line in order to charge comfortably,” Tesla stated.

The graphic below illustrates the cable concerns Tesla owners have with other EV brands using Supercharger stalls. Because V3 and V2 Superchargers have shorter cables, a non-Tesla EV would need to use stalls closer to its charging port, potentially taking up more space at a Supercharger station.

See also: Tesla to Open 15,000 Superchargers to Four New Automakers in Spring 2024

To address this issue, Tesla is rapidly deploying its latest V4 Supercharger post, which can reach all EVs in the same Supercharger stall. Additionally, Tesla encourages all vehicle manufacturers to standardize charge port locations to the rear driver side or front passenger side.

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