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Nissan first Japanese automaker to announce NACS support

The first Japanese-based automaker has announced that it too will be adopting the NACS charging connector on future EVs starting in 2025.

Nissan is the first of the Japanese automakers to announce switching to the Tesla connector and letting its vehicles access Tesla’s Supercharger network. Adapters will be available starting next year for current CCS-enabled Nissans to connect to the network.

It should be noted that the Leaf, which uses CHAdeMO, is not on the list to get the NACS treatment.

“Adopting the NACS standard underlines Nissan’s commitment to making electric mobility even more accessible as we follow our Ambition 2030 long-term vision of greater electrification,” said Jérémie Papin, chairperson, Nissan Americas. “We are happy to provide access to thousands more fast chargers for Nissan EV drivers, adding confidence and convenience when planning long-distance journeys.”

Aside from the Leaf, the Ariya and all future EVs from Nissan will support the connector type. Nissan is joining a long list of automakers who have announced ditching the cumbersome CCS connector for something a little easier to use, plus it gives drivers access to an additional 12,000 DC fast charging locations nearly instantaneously.

It’ll be interesting to see how many automakers don’t decide to go to NACS after the dust settles. There’ll be some, for sure, but for many automakers having immediate access to the country’s largest fast-charging network is worth it for them to make the switch.

Who will be next?

Written by Chad Kirchner
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