Hyundai Motor Group today confirmed some recent speculation, that their vehicles will adopt the Tesla NACS connector starting in Q4 2024. That means Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles will come natively with the Tesla-style plug, and will have access to over 12,000 Tesla Supercharger locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Existing Hyundai vehicles with the CCS charge port, like those that are being delivered today, will be able to access the Tesla network using a Hyundai-supplied adapter starting in early 2025. Hyundai says this doubles the size of the DC fast charging network available to Hyundai EVs.
Hyundai joins a growing list of automakers who are switching away from the CCS plug and adopting Tesla's more streamlined connector (with access to their network of chargers). The others include Ford, GM, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Volvo, Polestar, Rivian, Fisker and Aptera.
“Our collaboration with Tesla marks another milestone in our commitment to delivering exceptional EV experiences to our customers,” said José Muñoz, president and global COO, Hyundai Motor Company and president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. “This new alliance will provide Hyundai EV owners confidence in their ability to conveniently charge their vehicles and complements our joint venture company to create a new, high-powered charging network with at least 30,000 stations across North America.”
“Opening our Supercharging network to additional electric vehicles directly supports our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” said Rebecca Tinucci, senior director of Charging at Tesla. “We’re proud to welcome Hyundai as the latest adopter of the North American Charging Standard.”
In addition to adopting Tesla's connector, Hyundai is also partnering with six other automakers to develop a new, high-powered North American charging network with at least 30,000 chargers. The first U.S. stations in this new network are targeted to open in the summer of 2024, and in Canada at a later date.