Honda recently confirmed that its Honda and Acura brand electric vehicles sold in the North American market will use the NACS charging interface designed by Tesla. Honda relies on the impact of GM’s electric vehicle platform.
Honda would have been expected to announce the adoption of the NACS standard because it already has a lot of support, and General Motors has already announced that it will use NACS in its electric vehicles starting in 2025.
Given that the company’s two upcoming EVs for the North American market, the Prologue and the Acura ZDX, both use GM’s Ultium platform, the company has to follow suit.
It is noted that Honda executives confirmed the news in an interview with the Autoblog website. Noriya Kaihara, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Company, said: “This is very important. We must also promote the NACS standard. This is clear. Shinji Aoyama, executive vice president of Honda Motor Co., added: “We obviously rely on GM. Once they (shift to NACS), ZDX will follow.”
That means Honda will switch to the NACS standard in 2025, but the company has yet to strike a deal with Tesla to use Tesla’s Supercharger network or acquire adapters. However, judging by Jay Joseph, American Honda’s vice president of sustainability and business development, praising Tesla’s Supercharger maintenance, it appears that this is the company’s follow-up plan.
While having access to Tesla’s Supercharger network will help electric car buyers for Honda Corp., Honda is also one of seven auto giants announcing a partnership to build a new EV charging network in North America.