You knew it was only a matter of time earlier than Polestar echoed Volvo’s adoption of Tesla’s charging know-how. The EV-oriented model has confirmed that it’s going to use Tesla’s NACS connector in North America. You may see “handy” CCS-to-NACS adapters for present automobiles in mid-2024, and automobiles launched in 2025 onward could have the usual built-in. An adapter will assist these future fashions cost at CCS stations.
The information complicates the enlargement of Polestar’s lineup. The Polestar 3 SUV and Polestar 4 SUV coupe are anticipated in 2024, whereas the Polestar 5 grand tourer and Polestar 6 roadster are coming later. In different phrases, some fashions could have as little as one yr of CCS-native charging earlier than transferring to Tesla’s port whereas others will ship with NACS from the outset. You might have to determine if it is price coping with an adapter simply to get an EV as quickly because it’s accessible.
The reasoning behind the change is similar as for Volvo: utilizing NACS offers Polestar drivers entry to Tesla’s a lot bigger (to not point out extra dependable) Supercharger community in North America, with over 12,000 cost factors accessible thus far. This might “vastly enhance” EV uptake within the space, Polestar chief Thomas Ingenlath argues. You would purchase a Polestar 3 understanding you’d have sufficient charging stations to finish a long-distance journey.
Volvo and Polestar aren’t alone. Ford, GM and Rivian have additionally dedicated to utilizing Tesla’s tech in North America, whereas Hyundai and Stellantis have mentioned they’re evaluating that transfer. For Polestar, nonetheless, the choice could also be extra symbolically vital than for different marques. It is thought-about one of many closest opponents to Tesla — the Polestar 2 is an apparent Mannequin 3 different. This is not an outright capitulation to Tesla, however it’s an acknowledgment that entry to the Supercharger community is a significant benefit that sways prospects.