Hyundai and Kia to adopt Tesla’s EV charging tech next year

Hyundai Motor and Kia have announced their plans to adopt Tesla’s electric vehicle charging system, known as the North American Charging Standard (NACS). This integration is set to commence in the fourth quarter of 2024 in the United States. Following this move, Hyundai and Kia will be joining other automakers like Ford and General Motors in incorporating Tesla’s charging ports into their electric vehicles.

The NACS technology by Tesla has been gaining traction as a potential unified charging standard among various electric vehicle manufacturers. Hyundai and Kia have affirmed that all their new electric vehicles manufactured from 2024 onwards will include Tesla’s NACS technology. This integration will enable Hyundai and Kia EV owners to utilize more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

José Muñoz, President and Global COO of Hyundai, expressed their commitment to delivering exceptional EV experiences to customers through this collaboration with Tesla. He emphasized how this alliance will boost the confidence of Hyundai EV owners in their ability to conveniently charge their vehicles. Furthermore, it complements their joint venture’s efforts to establish a new, high-powered charging network with a target of at least 30,000 stations across North America.

In addition to new EVs, owners of current Hyundai and Kia electric vehicle models will have access to Tesla Superchargers using adapters starting from the first quarter of 2025. General Motors’ CEO, Mary Barra, has projected significant savings of up to $400 million for the automaker through the adoption of the NACS technology.