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  • Philip Osadebay - Tech Journalist

Toyota will adopt the Tesla Connector in upcoming EVs and join Tesla's EV charging network

In a development within the Electronic Vehicles Industry, Toyota is making a big move in the electric vehicle industry by adopting Tesla's Connector for their new EV models. The latest announcement from Toyota states that owners of Toyota and Lexus electric vehicles in North America will have access to Tesla's charging network by 2025.

This decision not only means that Toyota will be part of Tesla's extensive charging network, but also has the potential to shake up the dynamics of the EV market as a part of Toyota's plan to increase its support for EVs in North America.

As per the statement released, Toyota confirms that it will adopt Tesla's North American Charging Standard plug within a year. Existing Toyota EVs with the Combined Charging System plug will be able to use an adapter to charge at Tesla stations, starting in 2025.

This agreement between Toyota and Tesla will give EV owners access to more than 12,000 Tesla plugs across North America. Toyota's decision comes after Hyundai, Kia, and BMW made similar announcements for their electric vehicles.

Other automakers likes Tesla's Supercharger network because it has more direct current fast-charging plugs in the US than any other network. Moreover, its stations are located along freeway travel corridors.

Hyundai and Kia plan to launch their EVs with an NACS port starting next year, which indicates that Tesla’s electric vehicle plug is moving closer to becoming the industry standard.

In June 2021, SAE International set performance standards for Tesla’s electric vehicle charging cords. Ford, General Motors, Rivian and Volvo Cars have already signed deals with Tesla to join its charging network and adopt its NACS connector in new versions of their electric vehicles.

Overall, this development represents a significant step towards expanding the reach of electric vehicles across North America while creating a more unified charging infrastructure for all players involved in this rapidly growing market.


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