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Second-largest EV fast-charging network to add Tesla connectors

Published:Friday 1:41 AM

Tesla’s EV charging connector.

The second-largest electric vehicle fast-charging network in the United States says it will add Tesla’s connector to its charging stations, another step toward adopting Tesla’s plug as the industry standard.

Electrify America, with 800 direct-current fast-charging stations and more than 3,600 plugs nationwide, said Thursday it will work to add Tesla’s connector to existing and future chargers by 2025.

The Volkswagen subsidiary, formed as part of the settlement to the company’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal, is second only to Tesla in number of fast-charging plugs in the US.

“We look forward to continuing to support industrywide standards that increase vehicle interoperability and streamline public charging,” Electrify America CEO Robert Barrosa said in a statement.

The company also will keep the Combined Charging System, or CCS, connector at its stations. At present most electric vehicle models in the US use the CCS connector.

But Ford, General Motors, Rivian and Volvo have said they would join Tesla’s large Supercharger network and adopt its North American Charging Standard connector in new versions of their electric vehicles. Others such as Stellantis and Hyundai are considering joining Tesla’s network.

Also, ChargePoint, which has the most charging stations of any US network, said it will start offering Tesla connectors for use by charging site hosts later this year. Most of its network, though, is made up of slower ‘Level 2’ chargers. Others, such as Blink Charging also have announced plans to add the Tesla connector.

Meanwhile, a US automotive industry organisation said this week that it will set performance standards for Tesla’s electric vehicle charging cords in another move toward using the Tesla plug on all EVs.

The move Tuesday by SAE International, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers, represents another big shift towards the Tesla charger. It comes even though the CCS connector was designed under standards developed by SAE.

In the US, Tesla has 1,797 Supercharger stations and more than 19,000 plugs, according to the US Department of Energy.

Since the stations are direct current fast-chargers, they can charge EVs relatively quickly as people travel.

The Energy Department says there are about 54,000 public charging stations nationwide with more than 136,000 plugs, most of which are Level 2 chargers.


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