Tesla’s self-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) technology has recently received support from major electric vehicle industry players. However, some automakers are still refusing to join the charging standard shift.
In hindsight, Tesla initially partnered with SAE to aid it in standardizing the NACS connector. More recently, the Musk-led company has officially issued a license to Volex to legally manufacture the charging tech.
Volex to sell NACS to other companies
With this significant partnership, the British power equipment company aims to supply its developed NACS connectors to potential auto OEMS and charging solution providers.
“Volex plc (AIM: VLX), the specialist integrated manufacturer of critical power and data transmission products, is pleased to announce it is a licensed partner of Tesla for the North American Charging Standard (“NACS”) EV Charging system. Volex is a selected global manufacturer of the authentic NACS coupler and is stocked and ready to immediately supply automotive OEMs and charging infrastructure suppliers.”Volex said in a press release
Interestingly, Volex claims that it can already release NACS connectors to automakers. It suggests that the company had long been developing the charging tech before the announcement.
“As a selected supplier of the NACS coupler, this further validates that Volex continues to be the trusted manufacturing partner of Tesla’s charging system technology to the world’s leading EV manufacturing companies and suppliers who utilise the NACS EV Charging system.”Nat Rothschild, Volex Executive Chairman
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This significant partnership with Volex can potentially aid Tesla in promoting its NACS to more companies globally. That said, we can expect more automakers and charging providers to adopt it in the future.
Tesla previously announced that it would begin delivering the NACS adapters to its rivals that decided to adopt its charging technology in 2024. Meanwhile, integrating the NACS port with models from other brands would begin the following year.