Earlier this month, General Motors pulled the sheets on the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ, revealing an all-new, all-electric SUV loaded with high-tech equipment and luxury features. Critically, the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ will launch as the broader auto industry looks poised to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for new all-electric models. That said, the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ will not equip an NACS connector at launch.
For those readers who may be unaware, GM announced that it would adopt the NACS connector this past June, with plans to equip new GM EVs with NACS chargers starting 2025, thus allowing GM EVs to charge up from an NACS source without the need for an adapter. GM EVs are currently equipped with the Combined Charging System, or CCS. The announcement in June was made in conjunction with confirmation that GM customers will have access to 12,000 Tesla Supercharger stations throughout North America starting in early 2024. The NACS was originally developed by Tesla.
“Our mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” said Tesla Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure, Rebecca Tinucci. “Giving every EV owner access to ubiquitous and reliable charging is a cornerstone of that mission. We’re excited to work with other industry leaders like General Motors to provide access to the Tesla Supercharger Network via the North American Charging Standard.”
During the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ launch, GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft asked Escalade IQ Chief Engineer Mandi Damman if the new all-electric SUV would be equipped with a CCS connector, or an NACS connector.
“That’s a relatively new change of direction, but we’re working to see how quickly we can do the changeover,” Damman told GM Authority. “But CCS at launch.”
Of course, it bears to reason that General Motors will likely offer an adapter that will allow owners to plug the new 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ into an NACS source.
As a reminder, the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ features a 24-module, 200 kWh GM Ultium battery pack, estimated to provide 450 miles of range with a full charge. Production of the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ will kick off next summer, with pricing starting around $130,000.