Subaru commits to Tesla NACS cost port for future EVs

Subaru reported Wednesday that it has reached a deal to undertake the Tesla-based cost port, known as the North American Charging Commonplace (NACS), for its future battery electrical fashions as a consequence of arrive within the U.S. beginning in 2025. 

In keeping with Subaru, it would undertake NACS ports on “sure Subaru BEVs launched in North America” starting that yr, whereas it would maintain advancing NACS adoption in subsequent fashions. 

In 2025, it would provide an adapter permitting NACS charging for automobiles outfitted with the present CCS cost port—allowing entry to greater than 15,000 Tesla Superchargers in North America, Subaru says, together with different chargers providing the connector by then. 

Within the shift to NACS, Subaru was one of many final manufacturers standing with CCS. Whereas Ford was first amongst main automakers shifting to the Tesla cost port again in Could, BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia all introduced in October. Holdouts embrace Stellantis and the VW Group. 

2023 Subaru Solterra

2023 Subaru Solterra

Subaru’s solely electrical automobile is the Solterra, a mannequin carefully associated to the Toyota bZ4X, and it under no circumstances pushes the capabilities of Tesla Supercharger {hardware}. With a 150-kw CCS connector, it takes “roughly an hour” to achieve 80%, in accordance with Subaru. In a first drive of the Subaru Solterra, Inexperienced Automotive Stories discovered this mannequin to be remarkably quiet, snug, and well-insulated from highway noise, though removed from sporty.

Subaru Sport Mobility concept

Subaru Sport Mobility idea

Subaru in August revealed plans to supply as much as eight EV fashions by 2030, with 50% of its gross sales by then absolutely electrical, together with U.S. EV manufacturing. That was an abrupt turnaround versus late final yr, when the corporate’s CEO stated that U.S. meeting for Subaru EVs was unlikely as a consequence of hovering labor prices. At this previous week’s Tokyo auto present it hinted at one potential EV—an electrical sports activities automobile—in its Sport Mobility Idea.