Tesla is opening its charging connector design for electric vehicles to charging network operators and car manufacturers. The Tesla charging connector is proven over a decade of use and 20 billion miles of EV charging. It has no moving parts, is half the size and twice as powerful as Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors. It offers AC charging and DC charging up to 1MW.

In pursuit of our mission to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy, today we open our EV connector design to the world. We invite charging network operators and car manufacturers to install the Tesla Charging Connector and Port, now called the North American Charging Standard (NACS), on their equipment and vehicles. NACS is the most common charging standard in North America: NACS vehicles outnumber CCS twice, and Tesla’s supercharging network has 60% more NACS stations than all CCS-equipped networks combined .

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Grid operators are already planning to integrate NACS into their chargers, Tesla said. In September, Tesla added the $250 CCS Combo 1 adapter to its online store.

As a purely electrical and mechanical interface independent of use case and communication protocol, NACS is simple to adopt. Design and specification files are available for download, and we are actively working with relevant standards bodies to codify Tesla’s Charging Connector as a public standard.

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