I ordered an electric ATV for my oldest son. It should be here tomorrow and available for some mountain cruising. We’ll see if this was a good idea or a bad idea fairly quickly. As I type this, my son is getting placed in timeout for the 2nd or 3rd time today, maybe the 4th. Stay tuned for updates.
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- Stellantis is evaluating the Tesla North American Charging Standard (NACS) and considering its adoption.
- Kia and Hyundai plan to invest at least $18 billion in their transition to selling only electric vehicles by the end of the decade, with Kia set to release a new electric sedan called GT1 in 2025 that will have a large 113.2 kWh battery, potentially offering a range of up to 497 miles and becoming Kia's most powerful production vehicle to date.
- Toyota plans to introduce all solid-state batteries by 2027, aiming to address the drawbacks of electric vehicles by significantly reducing charging time to 10 minutes or less, while also expanding its battery EV lineup and developing technology to deliver 1.5 million EVs in 2026.
- ChargePoint will soon offer NACS connector options for its charging products.
- Blink Charging has announced the upcoming release of a new 240kW DC Fast Charger that supports both NACS and CCS connectors, addressing changing market demands and promoting the development of accessible EV charging infrastructure; the charger is currently in the final stages of development and will be submitted for certification.
- Enel X Way has announced plans to offer the NACS as a connector option for its Level 2 and Level 3 charging stations, in addition to its existing support for CCS and J1772 ports, to facilitate broad EV adoption and compatibility.
- Wallbox has announced its decision to incorporate the option for NACS connectors into its DC Fast Charger, Supernova, to further accelerate the adoption of electric mobility and ensure compatibility with the North American EV market.
- The UK's first fully electric self-driving bus has commenced a commuter service on public roads, operating a six-mile round trip in Oxfordshire, with its radar, LiDAR, and AI technology enabling it to navigate without human intervention, offering a smarter and greener transportation option.
- A self-driving ferry completed its inaugural journey in Stockholm, equipped with advanced technology such as cameras, radar, lidar laser, and ultrasonic systems, with an onboard captain currently overseeing operations but the ultimate objective being fully autonomous navigation, while the Norwegian creators plan to expand the service domestically and internationally.
- FedEx Express Canada has introduced its first fleet of 50 BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery vehicles in Toronto, marking a significant step towards the company's goal of transitioning its entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet to all-electric vehicles by 2040.
This (article below) is an important aspect to consider in the newly revived format war. NACS and CCS are compatible as it concerns communications. DC charging of non-Tesla EVs runs mostly on a DIN spec with some implementation of ISO15118. NACS is compatible with both, and they're named (albeit weakly) in the NACS spec.
* Tesla vehicles since ~late 2019 already have the ability to communicate via either method (using PLC for DIN/ISO) in addition to Tesla's proprietary single-wire CAN.
* Tesla's AC EVSEs can already communicate via J1772, hence the available adapters to charge any EV from a Destination Charger.
*At least some Tesla Superchargers (those with Magic Docks) have been equipped for PLC to allow communications with CCS vehicles
* The Ford/GM announcements specifying that their vehicles will be able to use Tesla SCs via adapter suggests that more/all SCs either are, or will be, cable of communicating via DIN70121 and/or ISO15118.
This is all coming fast, so let me know if I'm wrong about this, but I think this means that there is no major, practical communications incompatibility between CCS and NACS.
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