Ever since Ford signed an agreement with Tesla back in May 2023 – one that will grant Blue Oval EV owners access to the latter’s expansive and reliable Supercharger network – pretty much every one of its rivals have followed suit. That list includes General Motors, Rivian, Nissan, Honda, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen, and BMW, though there has thus far been one notable omission – Stellantis, which previously stated that it was “looking into” making such a move. Now, that same Blue Oval rival has announced that it will also adopt the standardized North American Charging Standard (NACS) that Tesla uses, rather than the Combined Charging System (CCS) that it and the aforementioned companies currently utilize.
“Customers win when the industry aligns on open standards. We are happy to announce our backing and adoption of the SAE J3400 connector, a milestone for all customers on the path to open and seamless charging,” said Ricardo Stamatti, Stellantis SVP of global energy & charging. “Our Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan puts customers at the center of open interoperability and freedom of mobility for all. This future will be amplified by IONNA, our public charging joint venture with six other OEMs that will deliver industry-leading high-powered charging for all battery-electric vehicles regardless of brand.”
Starting in the 2026 model year, select all-electric Stellantis vehicles in North America will begin coming equipped with SAE J3400 – or NACS – connectors from the factory. However, unlike some of the aforementioned automakers, Stellantis is also working on creating its own charging network independent from Tesla’s, too.
That network – a joint venture dubbed IONNA – was announced last summer and will see Stellantis team up with six other automakers to install around 30,000 change points in North America by 2030, with the first station set to open this year. When those chargers begin service, they will provide customers with both built-in NACS connectivity, as well as CCS.