A report from Electrek, who spied Hyundai, Kia and Genesis doing a photoshoot in a Tesla Supercharger station elevates the rumormill of Hyundai Motor Group vehicles compatibility with Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector in North America.
Various electric vehicles of Hyundai Motor Group, including Hyundai IONIQ 5, IONIQ 6, Genesis GV60, and Kia EV9, were spotted at the Tesla Supercharger charging station in San Clemente, California, USA. So speculation rised over that the Hyundai Motor Group gathered the vehicles at a Supercharger station to take photos for a press release related to the transition to the NACS connector developed by Tesla and access to the Supercharging network.
Like other global automakers such as Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo, Polestar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Fisker, Honda, and Jaguar, Hyundai, Kia and Genesis could also apply NACS to their electric vehicles in North America as early as 2025. It is expected that customers will be able to purchase the NACS-CCS1 adapter directly and connect to the Tesla Supercharger network as early as 2024.
The most exciting element of the entire NACS/CCS1 transition is support for high-voltage battery systems. The battery voltage of the latest E-GMP-based Hyundai Motor Group electric vehicles is up to 600~800V.
Currently, Tesla Superchargers in North America can only supply up to about 500V, so fast charging for E-GMP-based vehicles may be inferior compared to the best CCS1 chargers on the market that support 800~1000V. In other words, Hyundai Motor Group customers will be able to conveniently use more charging stations, but may sacrifice fast charging.