Toyota electric vehicles will have access to Tesla superchargers
If you’re the owner – or the future owner – of a Toyota electric vehicle, we’ve got big news when it comes to your charging. Toyota and Lexus just announced that they’re adopting the North American charging standard (NACS), having reached an agreement with Tesla! This means that certain Orlando Toyota electric vehicles will be able to use the 12,000 Tesla supercharger stations available across the US for fast, convenient charging.
Why is partnering with Tesla on charging stations meaningful for Toyota electric vehicles?
This is a big deal – not only does it increase the number of charging stations that Toyota electric vehicle owners have access to, but it also allows them to utilize superchargers, which are extremely fast. Here are the details of what we know about this exciting agreement so far.
- Toyota and Lexus will start to incorporate NCAS ports into their new vehicles in 2025.
- These vehicles will include an all-new three-row, battery-electric Toyota SUV slated to come out between now and then (and it’ll be assembled in Kentucky).
- Customers who own or lease applicable Toyota electric vehicles with the Combined Charging System (CCS) will be offered an adapter to allow them to use the NACS charging system in 2025.
- As of 2023, there are more than 84,000 charging ports in America for Toyota electric vehicles, including level 2 and DC fast chargers.
- This will expand access to 12,000+ more charging stations via the Tesla supercharger network.
But why does it matter that Toyota electric vehicle owners will have more access to DC fast chargers, also known as superchargers?
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
It all boils down to the question of how long does it take to charge an electric car. Here’s the breakdown:
- There are three types of chargers: level one, level two, and level three (also known as DC fast chargers).
- Level one chargers are standard 120V chargers – like the outlets at your house. A level one charger is the equivalent of plugging your Toyota electric vehicle into the wall in your home garage.
- This is the slowest type of charger – it can take literal days for you to get a full charge with a level one charger.
- That’s why this type of charger is recommended for Toyota drivers who have plug-in hybrids or a really, really short commute.
- Level two chargers are more powerful – doubly, to be exact. They’re 240V chargers. You can have one of these EV charging stations at your home, but you’ll need to have it professionally installed by an electrician.
- EV charging time is anywhere from 4-10 hours to get a full charge from a level two charger.
- Despite that, you’ll see a lot of these electric car charging stations available to the public.
- Level three chargers are where it’s at. You can’t have this type of charging station at home – it’s going to have to be a public charging station, like the Tesla superchargers.
- Charging time varies, but EV charging time is anywhere between 20-60 minutes to grab an 80% charge for your car.
Tips for charging your Orlando Toyota electric vehicle
Here are a few more tips for charging your Toyota electric vehicle:
- Download apps to keep it simple. There are a multitude of apps you can have on your smartphone to help you locate charging stations for your Orlando Toyota.
- Monitor your charge levels. Orlando Toyota EVs like the bz4X make it easy – you can see the charge levels in your dash and in your Toyota app.
- Enroll in the Clean Assist program with Toyota. When you charge your EV, the Toyota app will calculate how much electricity you’re using and the net emissions from the charging process. Then, Toyota will generate or buy an equivalent amount of Renewable Energy Certificates – this means that all of your charging activity is matched with zero-carbon electricity.
If you have EV range anxiety – a fear of running out of charge – we get it. However, with the available apps and this new addition of a huge number of supercharger stations, keeping your Orlando Toyota charged up and ready to go has never been easier.
Get all of your EV answers at Toyota of Orlando
Have questions about Toyota’s new agreement with Tesla, how long does it take to charge an electric vehicle, or just EVs in general? We’ve got all the info you need at Toyota of Orlando. Stop by and see us at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 across from the Mall at Millenia. You can also call us with questions at (407) 298-4500!