Volvo Cars takes a significant leap towards electrification with its recent collaboration with Tesla, providing Volvo electric car drivers access to Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network in North America.
Volvo Cars has inked a landmark agreement with Tesla, marking it as the first European auto manufacturer to do so. This deal will grant electric Volvo drivers access to Tesla’s expansive Supercharger network that spans across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Why It Matters
As Volvo embarks on its ambitious journey to become a fully electric carmaker by 2030, this partnership underscores a key part of that vision. The agreement not only ensures greater charging convenience for current and future Volvo electric car owners but also stimulates the adoption of electric vehicles, thereby accelerating the transition towards more sustainable transportation.
Starting 2025, upcoming Volvo vehicles will come equipped with the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charging port. Volvo drivers will now have access to an additional 12,000 fast-charge points, a number set to increase as Tesla’s Supercharger network continues to expand. Existing Volvo electric vehicle models such as the XC40, C40 Recharge, EX30, and EX90 are also expected to use the Supercharger network with an adapter by the first half of 2024. Furthermore, Volvo drivers who wish to continue using the Combined Charging System (CCS) of chargers can do so with a provided adapter.
The deal facilitates seamless access to Tesla’s Supercharger network for Volvo drivers, essentially breaking down a significant barrier to electric vehicle adoption. With charging location information and payment capabilities integrated into the Volvo Cars app, this partnership aims to enhance the electric driving experience. The company’s CEO, Jim Rowan, emphasizes this as a major stride towards realizing Volvo’s goal of becoming fully electric by 2030, by making electric car ownership as simple and convenient as possible.