More automakers are seeing that offering standardized charging technology will address range anxiety by giving motorists access to a larger charging network.
Most recently, Honda Motor Co. joined Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and other electric vehicle makers in adopting Tesla Inc.'s charging technology.
Honda plans to adopt Tesla's fast-charging port for EV models that will be available for purchase in North America beginning in 2025.
In June, Ford and General Motors announced comparable deals with Tesla, as did Rivian Automotive Inc., a producer of electric trucks.
According to analysts, Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector and cord are lighter and easier to handle than the Combined Charging System (CCS) currently used by other automakers.
Tesla also operates about 17,000 Supercharger stations across the U.S. Though in total there are around 54,000 public charging stations in the U.S., the Department of Energy reports most other stations charge vehicles more slowly than Tesla’s Supercharger stations.
According to experts, the shift to Tesla charging tech could increase revenue and give Tesla, which already sells more EVs in the U.S. than any other automaker, a huge competitive advantage
The White House declared earlier this year that by the end of 2024 at least 7,500 chargers from Tesla's Supercharger and Destination Charger network would be available to non-Tesla electric vehicles. According to The Detroit News, the move toward commitment has been slow thus far.