In a landmark deal, Toyota has announced it will integrate Tesla’s proprietary North American Charging Standard (NACS) into certain Toyota and Lexus electric vehicles beginning in 2025.
The agreement will give Toyota and Lexus customers access to Tesla’s extensive Supercharger fast charging network in the United States and Canada. With over 12,000 Supercharger stations deployed, the partnership significantly expands charging coverage for Toyota EVs.
Starting in 2025, upcoming Toyota and Lexus battery electric cars like the new 3-row SUV to be built in Kentucky will come equipped with NACS ports. Owners will have the ability to charge seamlessly at Tesla Superchargers during long distance travels.
Additionally, Toyota will offer NACS charging adapters for existing vehicles using the universal CCS standard. This provides owners of current Toyota EVs a path to access Tesla’s unrivaled Supercharger infrastructure.
The move is a win-win for both automakers. Tesla opens its network to expand revenue while Toyota gains charging coverage for customers hesitant about EV range and charging availability.
Interoperability between networks is key to improving public perception of EVs. Toyota adopting NACS for North America shows increasing collaboration as automakers look beyond proprietary systems.
For Toyota, ensuring charging access for customers is critical as it ramps up EV investment and rolls out 30 new battery electric models globally by 2030. Tesla’s vast Supercharger reach provides a ready-made solution.
The partnership demonstrates that automakers are realizing the benefits of combining infrastructure to accelerate mass EV adoption. By co-opting resources, Toyota and Tesla aim to make the transition to electric faster and smoother for consumers.