The Electric vehicle (EV) industry is experiencing a boom and the White House is doing its part to ensure that the US is prepared for the inevitable influx of EV owners. In order to ensure that the public EV charging infrastructure is accessible, reliable, and affordable for all drivers, the government developed minimum standards for interoperability. This includes the requirement that charging stations have a “minimum of CCS” connectors in order to qualify for federal funding.
Recently, Ford and GM both announced their plans to adopt Tesla‘s NACS (North American Charging Standard) connector, making it the new standard in North America. This has made it much simpler for EV owners to charge their vehicles and has resulted in a domino effect with all charging station manufacturers announcing that they will offer their stations with NACS connectors.
The White House is not completely on board with this development, however, as they still require that some CCS connectors be included. While they are trying to protect existing EV owners with CCS, this is not the right approach as it does not take into account the potential for increased adoption with the new standard.
NACS does not completely kill CCS as Tesla plans to make an adapter available for EV owners with CCS plugs. In fact, they will have access to more charging stations. The goal of making NACS the standard is to simplify the EV experience and make it more efficient going forward.
It is important to note that the White House is not completely opposed to the new standard and is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the public EV charging infrastructure is accessible and reliable for all drivers. By requiring a “minimum of CCS” connectors in order to qualify for federal funding, they are preserving the existing charging infrastructure while also investing in the future of EV charging.