Stellantis Announces Plan to Adopt Charging Plug from Tesla

Stellantis has announced that it will adopt the Tesla North American Charging Standard (SAE J3400 plug) for future electric vehicle models in North America. With brands such as Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Chrysler under its umbrella, the Amsterdam-based parent company becomes the latest major carmaker to adopt the charging standard.

The automaker said its first electric vehicle with the SAE J3400 plug will hit the market in 2024. In the meantime, Stellantis said it will provide adapters to customers who already own Stellantis EVs, which are equipped with Combined Charging Standard (CCS) plugs. Adopting Tesla’s proprietary plug will grant Stellantis customers access to the Tesla Supercharger Network.

The network of fast-charging stations was only accessible to Tesla drivers, but the Texas-based electric vehicle company has expanded access to non-Tesla drivers. Several major automakers announced that they would be adopting the North American Charging Standard after Tesla expanded access to the network.

Current and future Stellantis customers now have access to the Supercharger Network. Stellantis already sells a variety of plug-in hybrid vehicles and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the European market. The company plans to develop a slate of fully electric vehicles under the Ram, Jeep and Chrysler brands.

The Stellantis SVP of Global Energy & Charging noted that customers are the winners whenever the “industry aligns an open standard.” He said Stellantis was happy to announce its support and adoption of the SAE J3400 charging plug because it was a step toward providing customers with open and seamless EV charging.

Gaining access to Tesla’s superior charging network will definitely help to alleviate range anxiety among Stellantis customers. Compared to refilling a gas-powered car, which generally takes a few minutes, recharging your electric car can take anywhere from half an hour to several hours.

America’s public charging station network also isn’t sufficient enough to support the growing number of electric cars. Furthermore, existing public-charging stations are often plagued with issues that make public EV charging both unpleasant and time consuming. All these factors contribute to range anxiety and hinder EV adoption.

A widespread network of fast and reliable chargers will be key to alleviating range anxiety and encouraging electric vehicle adoption. Since Tesla’s Supercharger Network is the most reliable public charging network in the United States, most automakers were happy to gain access to the network.

Ford was the first to announce its adoption of Tesla’s charging plug in May 2023 followed by General Motors (GM) in June 2023. In the year since Ford became the first automaker to gain access to Tesla charging stations, most automakers agreed to install the SAE J3400 charging plug on future EVs. It is now only a matter of time before the remaining EV makers, such as Lucid Motors (NASDAQ: LCID), also adapt the SAE J3400 plug, which is becoming a de facto industry standard.

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