Well - it's official: Fisker is hopping on the NACS bandwagon. You may be wondering, "What's the big deal with NACS?" Well, if you're an EV owner or an enthusiast, this news might just may mean a difference between an empty or full battery.
Fisker has announced its intention to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charging connector for its roster of electric vehicles in North America. If you've been counting, and trust us, we've got our fingers out for this, that makes Fisker the eighth automaker to commit to this switch. For those keeping score at home, that's after titans like Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo Cars, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan.
Oh, and just as a sidebar, Aptera is aiming to be a trendsetter by introducing its debut vehicle equipped with NACS from day one. Who doesn’t love a newbie trying to make waves, right?
Why is this NACS thing such a hot topic? This move by Fisker isn’t just about adopting a new charging plug. They're cozying up with Tesla to offer their customers access to the Tesla Supercharger network. The latest Superchargers can dish out some serious power and the connector is much slimmer and lighter.
As with every good story, there’s a twist: Fisker isn’t moving at the same pace as its fellow NACS adopters. While other manufacturers are hinting at having NACS connectors by 2024, Fisker will only be rolling theirs out in early 2025. Late to the party? Maybe. But in their defense, they're opting to utilize adapters for Supercharging at the onset, and later plan to upgrade vehicle engineering to fully incorporate an NACS inlet.
What's the holdup, you ask? Well, the timing hinges on factors like development, rigorous testing, parts availability, and the intricate dance of standardizing NACS by entities like SAE. As a heads up for our Fisker fans, we might catch a glimpse of the first Fisker EV with a NACS charging inlet somewhere between the second and fourth quarters of 2025.
Even with this NACS upgrade, Fisker won’t be leaving its customers high and dry. They’re ensuring that their NACS-compatible EVs will also feature a CCS adapter, offering a handy backup charging solution using the existing CCS infrastructure - best of both worlds.
Lastly, a little geographic tidbit for the global citizens among us: while all of Fisker’s EVs in North America will soon be NACS aficionados, their vehicles in Europe (including the Fisker Ocean produced at Magna Steyr's plant) will stay faithful to the CCS2 charging connector.