Luxury vehicle manufacturer Jaguar is the most recent automaker to adopt Tesla’s EV charging network.
According to the automaker, Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation EVs can use more than 12,000 of Tesla’s superchargers that use the North American Charging Standard without needing an adapter. Jaguar will purchase Tesla adaptors to support owners of its earlier I-PACE SUV models, and all new vehicles sold from 2025 onward will be completely integrated to use NACS plugs.
Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Volvo are among the eight automakers that have previously signed deals with Tesla to utilize the NACS for their vehicles. According to their individual agreements, those automakers’ EVs will get access to 12,000 of Tesla’s 19,000 superchargers at various locations over the following few years.
Furthermore, Jaguar’s agreement will give its customers more options when charging their vehicles. One of the most common complaints from EV drivers has been that it can be challenging to find a charger. According to J.D. Power, customer satisfaction with public charging reached an all-time low in August.
The Department of Energy estimates that there are around 150,000 public charging stations in the U.S., with 34,000 intended for fast charging. The federal government wants to spend $100 million to repair and replace thousands of old or defunct chargers to improve the charging experience for EV users.
Seven automakers, including BMW Group and Hyundai, have joined forces to build a network of 30,000 fast-charger stations for EVs, with plans to begin operations in the summer of 2024. However, they will not adopt Tesla’s charging standard.
Alex Knizek, manager of automotive testing and analysis at Consumer Reports, stated earlier this month that access to public chargers is one of the significant obstacles for EV owners and those thinking about buying one. Accessing Tesla’s Superchargers could be a considerable convenience for some EV drivers.