Honda’s 2025 EV, and all after it, will use Tesla-style charger ports
Honda, along with its luxury brand Acura, is the latest in a slew of major automakers to strike a deal with Tesla that allows it to use the Texas firm’s electric-vehicle charging network in North America.
Unsurprisingly, Honda simultaneously announced a new electric model for the U.S. and Canada that, like all Honda EVs from 2025 on, will be built with a Tesla-style charge port. The as-yet unnamed car will go on sale in 2025 and use the NACS, or North American Charging Standard, plug. (Elon went full send on that name, didn’t he?) Users will have access to Tesla’s network of over 12,000 Supercharger stations.
Honda’s upcoming EV will be the second promised by the Japanese manufacturer as part of its collaboration with GM, announced back in 2020. The first is the Prologue (pictured at the top of this story), which arrives for the 2024 model year and, like the upcoming 2025 car, will be built in GM plants (because tax incentives) on the Ultium EV platform, the same one that undergirds the new Hummer, the Escalade IQ, and the Silverado EV.
Since General Motors also announced in early June that its future EVs would use the NACS port and have access to the Supercharger network, Honda’s announcement isn’t really a surprise.
The Prologue, along with any other electric vehicles announced by Honda or Acura for 2024, will have a CCS port (Combined Charging System, the previous engineering standard for EVs) but will come with an adaptor that allows users to charge the car at a NACS station. It’s all part of Honda’s plan for North American domination, as we detailed last year:
In North America, Honda has laid out an aggressive timeline of EV introductions based on three initial phases leading to 2030 and ultimately to 100 percent zero-emission automobile sales by 2040: In 2024, begin sales of the Honda Prologue, co-developed with GM. In 2026, begin sales of Honda models based on Honda e:Architecture to be produced by Honda in North America. In 2027, begin sales of a new series of affordable EVs co-developed with GM, also produced by Honda in North America.
Ford was the first of the Big Three companies to hash things out with Tesla. The third of the triad hasn’t indicated that it wants to join the Supercharger party: Stellantis, along with BMW Group, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mercedes-Benz, is working to build its own network of EV chargers for North America. The numbers: At least 30,000 stations, compatible with both the NACS and the CCS ports, with the first chargers to become available in the summer of 2024.
Evidently, GM and Honda think that more is merrier when it comes to charging networks, and none of the other five brands in the multinational consortium have forbidden their partners to join forces with Tesla.
A newfound spirit of cooperation? If it means that electric vehicles become cheaper and easier to use, we’re all for it.