Based on recent reports, it would appear that automakers and EV charging companies left and right are adopting the Tesla North American Charging Standard (NACS). Amidst these updates, Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson has shared his thoughts about the matter, as well as the NACS vs. CCS debate.
When Tesla announced that it would be opening up its charging standard to the industry, it highlighted that the NACS is half the size and twice as powerful as the Combined Charging System (CCS), which is used in vehicles like the Lucid Air.
While speaking to The Wall Street Journal, however, Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson seemed to have reservations about adopting the NACS for the EV startup’s vehicles. As noted by Rawlinson, the priority must be on high-voltage power charging instead of the plug that is used to charge the vehicles themselves.
“Really, what is the difference between those two (NACS and CCS)? We’re talking about a plastic plug here. That’s the difference. It’s a plastic plug with some copper in it. What actually supports that plastic plug in terms of the infrastructure and what it’s connected to is very relevant to the US consumer and a very important topic for the growth of the EV in terms of its value to the American people.
“I think it’s very important that when we look at US taxpayers’ money here, and how it is put to best effect, that it should be placed into a charging infrastructure that is future proof. And that means an ultra-high voltage charging standard. A thousand volts. That is the future for EVs. And really, it doesn’t really matter whether that plug, the way that high voltage enters the car, whether it’s through an NACS or CCS plug — that’s almost beside the point here — what’s really important is that we go for this efficient, high-voltage, high-power charging,” Rawlinson said.
By adopting the NACS, carmakers could gain access to Tesla’s expansive Supercharger Network without any adapters. This immediately gives owners of compatible electric cars the capability to travel long distances all over the United States. This was a reason why some of the US automotive industry’s biggest players, such as Ford and General Motors, as well as its most promising new players, like Rivian, opted to adopt the Tesla NACS.
With this in mind, it would be interesting to see how the Lucid CEO’s stance would stand the test of time. The next few years would likely be very interesting for the US EV market as more and more vehicles adopt the North American Charging Standard by default. If Lucid were to hold off on adopting the NACS, the company’s luxury electric cars could risk being the odd one out.
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