A few months ago, General Motors officially announced that it had reached an agreement with Tesla to use the Supercharger Network, and that future GM electric vehicles will adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) starting in the 2025 calendar year. Now, Honda / Acura has announced that it will follow in the footsteps of The General, and will use the Tesla Supercharger Network for the time being, along with implementing the same NACS ports for future EVs.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that the first Honda and Acura all-electric vehicles are based on GM Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive motor technology, namely the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX. In fact, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) will eventually make the NACS port standard across the U.S., making this announcement ultimately inevitable.
Overall, Honda is following much of the same process as General Motors has already done, including an agreement with Tesla to use the latter’s charging infrastructure, and plans to launch its EVs with a NACS port by calendar year 2025.
Notably, Honda and Acura electric vehicles produced before 2025 will utilize the Combined Charging System (CCS) port, and will be developed in mind with NACS compatibility. It’s likely that this train of thought will apply to the Prologue and ZDX, as those all-electric crossovers are expected to launch sometime in the 2024 calendar year.
In other Honda-related news, the Japanese-based automaker also recently announced that it had joined a joint venture with several other major automakers – General Motors included – to build a high-powered charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, with the specific goal of manufacturing a reliable network. Until then, the new partnership with Tesla aims to improve charging convenience for Honda and Acura EV owners.