A rising number of automakers are embracing Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector, including Honda and its opulent Acura model.

Honda’s top U.S. government official confirmed the information via Autoblog, but further details need to be worked out.

CEO of American Honda Motor Co. Noriya Kaihara told Autoblog that it was “really important.” “We must adequately press NACS as well. It is crystal clear.

As we prepare for the launch of our very first volume BEV vehicles, we are focused on providing the best electric vehicle ownership experience for our consumers, according to spokesperson Chris Martin, who Monday cited a statement from American Honda Motor on the subject. “We continue to look into all possible solutions to produce on this motivation,” the statement reads. “We want to ensure an exceptional user experience and obtain to reliable public charging.”

The optimal user working experience also depends on Common Motors’ timing. The Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX, two upcoming EVs from the Japanese manufacturer for North America, will use GM’s Ultium components, thus the Detroit firm will decide when NACS ports can be added. According to Autoblog, the ZDX, which is planned to debut first, will initially have Mixed Charging Common (CCS) connectors before switching to NACS in 2025 or 2026.

Seven global automakers, including Honda and GM, have joined together to install 30,000 substantial-electric power DC quick chargers. The two CCS and NACS ports will be present at the charging websites, as previously announced by the partners. In the summer of 2024, the first stations in this town are scheduled to open.

Things have progressed quickly, with a large portion of company moving quickly to switch to NACS for North America—possibly beginning with Ford in May. That came about after Tesla developed its initial, extremely strong appeal in November, applying the NACS name to its current fast-charging standard and urging other EV manufacturers to utilise it. Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Polestar, Volvo, Rivian, and Fisker are now among the automakers pledging to implement NACS, in addition to Ford, GM, and Honda/Acura.

Additionally, the NACS connection is receiving some regulatory support. NACS connectors are required for planned state-funded charging stations in Texas, where Tesla’s headquarters are located, despite the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) having started the process of standardising the connector. Despite its name, NACS is currently only a specialised definition rather than a real standard that will enable interoperability across various component configurations.