Ford’s adoption of Tesla’s charging standards has angered the CCS Alliance they are worried about being marginalized
Ford adopting Tesla's charging standards angers CCS Alliance, fearing marginalization
【PhoneAuto News】The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) advocates for interoperability based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) and regards it as the global standard for various vehicle charging methods. It has reasons to be concerned about Ford’s adoption of Tesla’s charging standard.
Following Ford’s recent announcement that its future North American models will use Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS), CharIN issued a tepid response.
The association, which includes over 300 stakeholders (both Ford and Tesla are members), outlined several issues with Ford’s move, possibly hoping to prevent the automaker, or at least prevent the domino effect that poses a true threat to North America’s CCS1.
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By the first quarter of 2023, Tesla is expected to account for about 60% of the US electric vehicle sales, along with Ford and other potential manufacturers. This will marginalize CCS1 and make it a less popular solution than Tesla’s NACS.
First, CharIN pointed out that NACS is not the same as CCS, but rather a proprietary solution. Tesla announced its opening in November 2022, which has already caught CharIn’s attention.
While CharIN may be technically correct, NACS can also be open and released as a standard. As a standard, we often consider what is very (most) popular among many solutions. This is Tesla’s strength, as it has outsold CCS-compatible cars in North America.
In response, CharIN pointed out that there are more than 50 passenger car models with CCS charging ports, and said that “the expected sales of these models will soon surpass the sales of a single NACS supplier.”
Previously, Musk and the CEO of Ford announced that Ford electric vehicle users can access 12,000 Tesla Supercharging stations. Ford will be the first major OEM (original equipment manufacturer) to adopt Tesla’s charging standard. In the future, the next generation of Ford electric vehicles will be able to access Tesla’s Supercharging stations without a charging adapter. The two sides will build a partnership on multiple charging solutions.
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