BMW Group has joined other major car manufacturers in adopting Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) for their electric vehicles in the US and Canada.
In early 2025, drivers of BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce electric vehicles equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS) will be able to use Tesla Supercharger stations. From 2025 onward, BMW Group will also adopt NACS for its electric vehicles in North America.
BMW North America CEO Sebastian Mackensen said that the decision was motivated by BMW’s desire to provide “easy access to reliable, fast charging.” As a result, Mackensen conceded that BMW’s existing CCS technology cannot compete with NACS.
According to InsideEVs, BMW Group plans to collaborate with Tesla to ensure a seamless experience for drivers. BMW Group will give drivers the ability to locate and access Tesla Superchargers through their vehicle’s display. BMW Group will also allow customers to make payments via the BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce brand apps.
This development also highlights the dwindling number of automakers that have yet to embrace Tesla’s NACS port. The most notable holdouts are Toyota, Volkswagen Group, and Stellantis.
It’s important to note that this agreement with Tesla is separate from BMW Group’s recent collaboration with other automakers to build a high-powered electric vehicle charging network in North America.
The upcoming charging network, which is currently unnamed, will consist of a minimum of 30,000 chargers strategically placed in urban areas and near freeways. This charging infrastructure will be easily accessible to drivers of all electric vehicles produced by any automaker that adhere to either CCS or NACS charging standards.
With the announcement, BMW becomes the 13th major automaker to adopt Tesla’s NACS port. The other automakers who have embraced NACS are: