All BMW Group EVs currently sold in the US come with a CCS (Combined Charging System) plug, which is not compatible with NACS plugs. To ensure that these older vehicles also get NACS plugs and Tesla’s Supercharger network when the transition takes place in 2025, the company will provide adapters to owners that will allow them to connect their CCS plugs to NACS power outlets. This is a challenge for customers, as they will soon be able to charge their cars at any EV charging station without worrying about plug connections.
BMW has also confirmed that it is working on a new tool that will allow BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce drivers to easily locate and access Superchargers through their vehicle. It can also allow them to complete the payment from within as well.
Although the availability of BMW drivers to the Supercharger network is a welcome development, it is important to note that the company is working with six other car manufacturers to create a new electric charging network with more than 30,000 stations. Once operational, this network will provide EV owners across North America with greater opportunities, making EVs more practical and reducing various concerns.
Currently, work is still underway to finalize the legal framework before NACS becomes the defacto EV charger standard in the US.