Following recent attempts by major automakers Ford and GM to accept Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS), SK Signet said on Thursday that it will release electric-vehicle chargers compatible with Tesla’s technology this year.
Tesla’s charging architecture is being cautiously adopted by electric vehicle charging businesses because they run the risk of losing customers if they only offer the Combined Charging System (CCS), which is supported by automakers like Volkswagen and Hyundai Motor.
Electrify America, EVgo, and other operators of charging stations are among the clients of SK Signet, which recently announced that it has begun developing its ultra-fast chargers, which will charge EVs using NACS and CCS simultaneously.
Last week, the White House announced that EV charging stations with Tesla connectors would be eligible for billions of dollars in federal subsidies if they incorporated CCS connectivity. The White House wants to encourage the installation of hundreds of thousands of chargers, which it sees as critical to EV adoption.
One of the largest charging equipment manufacturers is SK Signet, which will be acquired by South Korean conglomerate SK Group in 2021. The company built its first U.S. manufacturing center in Texas earlier this month, with the potential to produce more than 10,000 ultra-fast chargers per year.