Ford and GM Announcement on Tesla NACS
Now we get to see how everything shakes out. With Ford and GM announcing support for Tesla charging connector standard, will that be enough for Tesla to “corner the market”? By contrast it is somewhat similar to Dell and Lenovo suddenly announcing they will focus on Apple IoS systems. In any case federal subsidies are in play and the Biden administration favors the CCS open standard. They did modify their Tesla support conditions that as long as CCS connectors provided, then Tesla charging stations will be eligible for federal funding. Shades of Betamax and VHS all over.
CharIN Response: From June 12 (Reuters) – CharIN, the industry body promoting the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard to power electric vehicles, said on Monday Tesla’s (TSLA.O) charging model is not a standard yet and does not provide an open charging ecosystem for the industry.
From TechCrunch – CharIN said Monday during the 36th Electric Vehicle and Symposium in Sacramento that while it “stands behind” CCS it also supports the “standardization” of NACS. CharIN isn’t giving an unabashed endorsement. It is, however, acknowledging that some of its members in North America are interested in adopting Tesla’s charging tech and said it will create a task force with the goal of submitting NACS to the standardization process.
For any technology to become a standard it must go through a due process in a standards development organization such as ISO, IEC, IEEE, SAE and ANSI, the organization noted in a press release.
The comments are a reversal from last week when CharIN said diverging from the CCS standard would hamper the global EV industry’s ability to thrive. It also cautioned, at the time, that the use of adapters, which GM and Ford will sell to give current EV owners access to the Tesla Supercharging network, could lead to poor handling and increased damage of charging equipment and potential safety issues.
Road And Track Makes Some Good Points
Tesla designs its charging stations as a single integrated system with its cars, whereas EV charging networks like Electrify America or EVgo buy their stations from third-party makers. In the early days, no one company could supply high volumes of stations, so Electrify America had to use stations from four separate vendors: ABB, BTC Power, Efacec, or Signet. (EA is now in the process of designing its own stations and slimming down its roster of suppliers; Efacec is already gone, due to unreliability and difficult of servicing.)
Tesla knows its cars, their owners, and the credit card the owner provided, so billing happens on the back end. But a charging network open to all EVs may have no idea who or what just plugged in. The network has to ensure the user has a valid method of payment, whether it’s free hours provided by the carmaker to EV buyers or the more customary driver’s credit card.
Which Cars Support EV and How Much Are They (at least in California)?
Nice being able to afford a Tesla but do your neighbors drive a Tesla or do they drive a Honda or Toyota? We liked this breakdown the other day.