The EV charging landscape is changing dramatically, and premium EV manufacturer Lucid Motors is the latest to announce its intention to join the North American Charging Standard (NACS). Owners of the Lucid will now have access to Tesla’s large network of Superchargers. By 2025, Lucid EVs, recognized for their elegant look and great range, will be able to plug into the continent’s approximately 15,000 Superchargers.
The transition from Lucid’s current Combined Charging System (CCS1) to NACS represents a purposeful move to unify charging alternatives, echoing the opinions of EV fans who have long called for a more streamlined infrastructure.
The Lucid decision comes amid a surge of industry support for Tesla’s NACS. Ford and General Motors have already thrown their hats in the ring, with the latter’s support signaling a watershed moment for the charging standard. This rising agreement among automakers shows that NACS is quickly becoming the default option for EV charging in North America.
Lucid Motors Set To to introduce the NACS Standard In 2025
Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO of Lucid, highlights the strategic significance of this transformation. Lucid aspires to be viewed as a catalyst in the push toward sustainable transportation by partnering with a charging standard supported by a nationwide network of high-voltage charging stations.
To access the Tesla Supercharger network, Lucid’s electric portfolio, which includes the Air vehicle and the soon-to-be-unveiled Gravity SUV, currently requires an adapter. However, future Lucid vehicles will be NACS-ready by 2025, eliminating the requirement for such an attachment.
Interestingly, while Lucid’s adoption of NACS is a forward-thinking step, it is not a quick fix. Until the 2025 transition, the company’s existing and next-generation models, including the much-anticipated Gravity SUV, will require an adaptor.
Lucid’s use of NACS might be viewed as another step toward a charging paradise in which the plug is more powerful than the pump. While some may object that the timescale appears to be a little lenient given the rapid pace of EV development, others may appreciate the careful approach to ensuring compatibility and ease for Lucid customers.