General Motors follows Ford, inks deal with Tesla to adopt 'Superchargers'

The partnerships will help address a significant issue hindering the widespread adoption of electric vehicles - the lack of sufficient charging infrastructure.
Christopher McFadden
Tesla 'Superchargers'.
Tesla 'Superchargers'.


General Motors(GM) has announced that it intends to open Tesla's "Supercharger" electric vehicle charging network to its customers. To this end, GM will now integrate Tesla's charging ports, dubbed the "North American Charging Standard"(NACS), into new GM vehicles built from 2025.

The partnerships between GM and Tesla will help address a significant issue hindering the widespread adoption of electric vehicles - the lack of sufficient charging infrastructure along long stretches of US highways.

This issue is becoming increasingly urgent, as CNN reports, with seven states, including California and New York, passing bills to prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. “Not only will it help make the transition to electric vehicles more seamless for our customers, but it could help move the industry toward a single North American charging standard,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.

The decision follows Ford's recent announcement to adopt Tesla's charging standard

During an interview with CNBC's Phil LeBeau, GM CEO Mary Barra revealed that the automaker anticipates saving as much as $400 million from a deal that will help fund the expansion of their EV charging infrastructure, which was previously slated to cost $750 million.

This news also follows Ford's recent announcement of its intention to also adopt Tesla's charging standard. And this makes logical sense for both companies, as Tesla has an impressive network of over 12,000 "Superchargers" situated across Canada and the United States.

During a Twitter Spaces livestream where the partnership with Twitter head and Tesla CEO Elon Musk was announced, Barra revealed that the collaboration would significantly increase access to charging stations. In fact, it would nearly double the number of chargers already provided by GM.

A testament to the superiority of Tesla's EV charging technology

Tesla's success in securing partnerships with GM and Ford is a testament to the superiority of its EV charging technology, compared to the widely used "CCS chargers" employed by other EV manufacturers. As it stands, Tesla's Supercharging stations outnumber CCS stations in the United States quite significantly. GM expressed its desire to collaborate with Tesla in order to promote the use of Tesla's NACS charging ports and drive the growth of the electric vehicle industry as a whole.

At the livestream event, Musk expressed his belief that such a measure would be advantageous for consumers. “They won’t have to worry about which plug, which socket, which charging station,” he said.

The agreement on a single charging hardware standard for the North American market was well-received by investors, Reuters reported. Following the announcement, GM's shares increased by over four percent and Tesla's shares also rose by four percent after the market closed.

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