Production Pulse: NACS EV Charging Standard Gains Ground

July 6, 2023
Executives from EV charging station producer Flo discuss how Ford, GM, Rivian and Volvo's decisions to support Tesla's NACS standard means for the companies making chargers.

Tesla's promise to open up its supercharger network instantly created opportunities for rival automakers to provide convenient EV charging for their vehicles. In the past month, several major automakers have announced plans to adopt Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) plugs.

Executives with charging station manufacturer Flo say there are some technical hurdles to clear to make to support NACS for existing and future EV drivers, but they won't be terribly difficult to solve. It's less VHS vs. Betamax and more USB-C vs. Apple's Lightning connector standards for cell phones. The plugs are specific to the devices, but adapters are cheap and easy to produce.

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Robert Schoenberger



Bio: Robert Schoenberger has been writing about manufacturing technology in one form or another since the late 1990s. He began his career in newspapers in South Texas and has worked for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland where he spent more than six years as the automotive reporter. In 2014, he launched Today's Motor Vehicles (now EV Manufacturing & Design), a magazine focusing on design and manufacturing topics within the automotive and commercial truck worlds. He joined IndustryWeek in late 2021.

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