Volkswagen Group, along with its brands Audi, Porsche, and Scout Motors, has announced a major shift in their charging system for North America. Starting in 2025, new cars from these brands will be equipped with the North American Charging Standard port. This change aims to provide customers with access to Tesla's extensive Supercharger network, which consists of over 15,000 rapid-charging stations across North America.
Volkswagen also highlighted the availability of more than 3,800 fast-charging outlets through Electrify America and Electrify Canada, a joint venture between Volkswagen and Siemens. As part of this collaboration with Tesla, the companies are also exploring adaptors that will enable existing owners to connect to the Supercharger network.
According to carmakers and analysts, the availability of charging infrastructure remains a significant concern for potential electric-vehicle buyers. Recognizing this barrier, Volkswagen aims to address the issue by offering its customers access to Tesla's well-established charging network.
Volkswagen's expectations for electric-vehicle sales have adjusted slightly. While the company initially anticipated that 11% of all sales this year would be electric vehicles, it now expects the figure to be between 8% and 10%. This adjustment aligns with the current adoption rates of electric cars.
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