Kentucky is the latest state to mandate Teslas charging plug
- Kentucky now requires that electric vehicle charging companies include Tesla’s charging plug if they want to secure federal funds from a state program to electrify highways, Reuters reports.The plan went into effect Friday, making Kentucky the first state to officially mandate Tesla’s charging technology.
- A group of EV charging companies like ChargePoint and ABB, as well as clean energy groups and even the Texas DOT, wrote to the Texas Transportation Commission calling for more time to re-engineer and test Tesla’s connectors before implementing a proposed mandate.
- Standards organization SAE International has also said it aims to make an industry standard configuration of NACS in six months or less.Some pockets of the EV charging industry are attempting to temper the increased NACS momentum.
- Now, a range of automakers like Rivian and Volvo and charging companies like FreeWire Technologies and Volkswagen’s Electrify America have said they’d adopt the NACS standard.
- The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (NEVI) is offering $5 billion to states.GM and Ford could help spark a charging standards war by teaming up with Tesla
- In a letter viewed by Reuters, they say that Texas’s plan is premature and requires time to properly standardize, test and certify the safety and interoperability of Tesla’s connectors.Despite pushback, it’s clear that NACS is catching, at least in the private sector.
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