All BMW Group EVs currently sold in the U.S. come with a CCS (Combined Charging System) plug, which is incompatible with the NACS plugs. To ensure that these older cars also get access to NACS plugs and Tesla’s Supercharger network when the changeover happens in 2025, the company will provide adapters to owners that will let them connect their CCS plugs to an NACS power outlet. This is a win-win situation for customers, given that they will soon be able to charge their cars at any EV charging station without having to worry about plug compatibility.
BMW has also confirmed that it is working on developing a new tool that would allow BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce drivers to easily locate and access Superchargers through their vehicle’s display. It could even let them complete payments from right within the display too.
While BMW drivers’ access to the Supercharger network is a welcome development, it is important to note that the company is working with six other automakers to create a new electric vehicle charging network with over 30,000 charging stations. Once operational, this network will provide EV owners across North America with even wider access to charging, making EVs more practical and reducing range anxiety.
Meanwhile, work is still underway to complete the standardization process that is mandatory before NACS becoms the defacto EV charging standard across the U.S.