Jaguar and Tesla signed an agreement that will give existing and prospective customers access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers, which use the North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector. The NACS connector will be included in forthcoming battery electric Jaguars, which will go on sale in 2025. As the brand is being transformed into an all-electric modern luxury vehicle brand, Jaguars will not require NACS adapters in North America – with the exception of i-Pace owners, who will receive Tesla adapters from Jaguar as soon as they become available.

That said, only about 12,000 of Tesla’s 17,000-plus Superchargers work with NACS ports or adapters. Others use V3 or V4 Superchargers, which will work with Jaguar’s forthcoming EVs, but not the I-Pace.

“Today’s announcement is an important step as we deliver an outstanding charging experience for our all-electric Jaguar clients,” said Mark Camilleri, Director Electrification Services for JLR.

“Tesla has created a charging network across the globe that delivers this, and we are delighted to be working with them to provide access for Jaguar clients.”

Tesla Supercharger

Jaguar’s future products will be electrically-powered, starting with a four-door GT, one of three new electrified Jaguars slated to appear in next year. The vehicles will be built on the company’s new Jaguar Electrified Architecture, or JEA, developed at a reported cost of £1 billion, or $1.24 billion. The new model will be built at the company’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands and is expected to have a range up to 430 miles, with a price starting around $125,000.

Jaguar’s NACS standard adoption follows similar announcements this summer by Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Polestar, Rivian, and Volvo. 

Tesla Model S and Model X

Nevertheless, Tesla’s chargers face competition from ChargePoint, Electrify America, EVgo, PlugShare and other public chargers that use the Combined Charging Standard (CCS) plug. But these stations are poorly maintained, with non-functioning chargers being far too common.

But another EV charging network is coming. On September 12th, BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and American Honda Motor Co. announced their agreement to form ChargeScape LLC, a jointly-owned business that will develop a single, affordable platform to connect electric utilities, automakers, and owners of electric vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.