However, Ford changing the charging port from CCS Combo 1 to NACS was a massive victory for Tesla. One of America's most respectable auto brands confirmed that the best solution was already available, and Tesla's engineers made that possible.
Soon after, General Motors followed suit. When writing, 11 major auto brands and a niche startup have already confirmed adopting the NACS. They are as follows: Aptera, Ford, GM, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Fisker, Honda, Acura, and Jaguar.
All these auto entities have one important thing in common when it comes to all-electric cars – they do not use the 800V battery architecture like Lucid or Porsche do.
However, another important automaker invested in high-voltage energy storage units that can deal with fast-charging speeds better by not overheating – Hyundai. The South Korean group also includes the Genesis and Kia brands.
Someone caught a Hyundai Ioniq 5, a Hyundai Ioniq 6, a Kia EV9, and a Genesis GV60 parked in front of a couple of V2 Superchargers. That's quite an interesting decision. Although the dispensers look similar to V3 stalls, V2 Superchargers cannot replenish the energy storage units of CCS Combo 1-equipped EVs. There's no protocol for that, so no handshake can take place to allow electrons to flow.
The vehicles were positioned for a photo shoot, which can only indicate one thing – Hyundai and its two other brands could soon officially announce that they're joining the NACS party.
That would be yet another nail in the coffin for Dieselgate-born Electrify America. If this automaker, known for making vehicles with the 800V architecture, announces that Tesla will unlock its chargers' full capacity, there's no reason for Porsche and Lucid to not follow suit.
It's a brave new world in the making, and the ruler seems to be Tesla! The Texas-based EV maker stands to make a ton of cash by charging all kinds of other battery-electric vehicles. Let's just hope it can continue expanding the Supercharger network because it might get pretty crowded in some places soon.