Texas to require state-backed charging stations to include Tesla plug

Texas has announced new requirements for electric vehicle (EV) charging companies wishing to be part of a state program that aims to electrify the state’s highways using federal funding. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, companies must now include both Tesla’s NACS (Tesla-specific) standard and the CCS (Combined Charging System) standard if they want to participate in the program.

This decision was made in response to major automakers such as GM, Ford, and Rivian adopting Tesla’s NACS standard instead of the CCS standard, which the Biden administration had hoped to establish as the dominant charging standard in the United States.

Under the new requirements, each Direct Current Fast Charge port will be mandated to have one CCS connector and one NACS connector. This ensures compatibility for a broader range of electric vehicles and accommodates both Tesla vehicles and those from other manufacturers that adhere to the CCS standard.

By implementing these dual standards, Texas aims to create a more inclusive and comprehensive charging infrastructure that supports various EV models on its highways. This decision reflects the state’s commitment to promoting EV adoption and ensuring convenient charging options for all drivers.

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