Future Stellantis EVs to Adopt Tesla’s Connector Design

Published on February 13, 2024 in Electric by Guillaume Rivard

Stellantis was the last major automaker not to have announced plans to integrate Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector design in its future electric vehicles. Now it’s a done deal.

Select EV models launching in North America for the 2026 model year will be the first, but others will follow.

The electric SUV that Chrysler plans to launch in late 2025 will definitely be among them. Remember, Stellantis owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Maserati.

Photo: Chrysler

By the way, the connector design developed by Tesla is in the process of adopting the proposed SAE J3400 standard, so the NACS acronym likely won’t last very long.

In related news, Stellantis announced that the new DC fast charging network it’s working on with six other manufacturers—BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz—will be called IONNA. Their goal is to offer at least 30,000 fast chargers across the continent, accessible to all battery-powered EVs from any automaker using an NACS/J3400 or CCS (Combined Charging System) connector.

The seven allied automakers hope their joint venture will become “the leading network of reliable, high-powered charging stations in North America.” Tesla currently has more than 19,000 Superchargers in the U.S. and Canada.

The first stations are expected to open in the U.S. in the summer of 2024 and in Canada at a later stage. Critically, the joint venture intends to power the charging network solely by renewable energy.

Located in metropolitan areas and along major highways, including connecting corridors and vacation routes, the stations will offer canopies wherever possible and amenities such as restrooms, food service and retail operations either nearby or within the same complex. A select number of flagship stations will be equipped with additional amenities, delivering a premier experience designed to showcase the future of charging.

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