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Stellantis to adopt proposed SAE Standard J3400 connector (NACS) starting in 2025

Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) from Stellantis brands in North America will adopt the proposed SAE J3400 connector—SAE’s implementation of Tesla’s NACS (earlier post)—starting with select models in 2025. During the transition period, Stellantis will also make adapters available for vehicles fitted with the Combined Charging System (CCS) port, enabling drivers to access a growing private and public J3400 infrastructure to meet J3400/1 requirements still being developed this year.

The announcement builds upon the IONNA charging network joint venture announced in June 2023. Stellantis has joined with six other leading automakers to develop a high-powered charging network with at least 30,000 charge points in urban and highway locations across North America by 2030.

With a focus on delivering an elevated customer experience, the network will use renewable energy to provide reliability, high-powered charging capability, digital integration, appealing locations and various amenities while charging.

Charging stations will be accessible to all BEV customers, offering both Combined Charging System and J3400 connectors natively.

The first charging stations from this joint venture are expected to open in 2024.



Is there any major group left that hasn't standardized in the US and Canada?

Porsche/Audi announced their intentions at the end of last year, as did Hyundai/Kia at the end of Q3-2023. Both of these groups were waiting for confirmation that SAE J3400 would support 800V in its official implementation.

Now that's out of the way, one of the major hurdles to electrification in the US (and Canada) is gone. Many years were wasted picking a connector, unlike Europe and China, which explains in part why America is so far behind in infrastructure build-out.

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