General Motors EV Owners recently cheered when the “Official” NACS adapter appeared in the company’s parts system. There was only one problem- apparently, it was all a big mistake.

In a world keenly watching every move in the electric vehicle landscape, General Motors recently provided unexpected drama by mistakenly selling a not-yet-ready adapter that promised to connect GM EVs with Tesla’s Supercharger network. This incident left tech enthusiasts and industry watchers amused and bewildered, sparking discussions and debates across the EV community.

GM NACS Adapter – The Tale Of The Accidental Sale:

The story unfolded with the sudden appearance of the North American Charging Standard (NACS) adapter in the GM parts catalog. This product was supposed to be GM’s bridge to Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network. However, before anyone could celebrate, less than a week later, GM declared the listing an error. The revelation came from an anonymous parts manager on Facebook who relayed a message from GM confirming that the adapters were listed prematurely due to an “unforeseen error” and at an incorrect price.

GM Partners With Tesla To Offer NACS Plug / Supercharger Access
The profile and shape of the NACS plug versus the CCS plug

The Official GM Statement

Quick to address the mishap, GM issued a statement explaining that the adapters were erroneously made available and assured that the issue had been resolved. They committed to honoring the price for the limited number of orders made by verifiable customers despite the rollout gaffe. This move, though reactive, showed GM’s willingness to stand by their accidental commitment, salvaging some customer trust along the way.

A GM Dealership Parts Manager Posted This To A Bolt EV Facebook Group Recently
A GM Dealership Parts Manager Posted This To A Bolt EV Facebook Group Recently

GM vs. Tesla’s Recent Moves

Interestingly, this adapter error coincided with Elon Musk’s decision to fire his entire Supercharger team. The timing of GM’s blunder in relation to Tesla’s operational shakeup adds a layer of irony to the situation. While GM was accidentally selling the future, Tesla seemed to be abruptly dismantling part of its present.

A HUMMER EV Charging at a Tesla Supercharger Station
We got a taste of Supercharger action in our HUMMER EV last year using a Magic Dock Adapter provided by Tesla

Comments From EV Owners

“Which means I won’t be getting one. $26 was cheap enough that I was going to buy one & throw it in the trunk, likely never to be used. With Tesla doing all of these layoffs & with more and more non-Tesla charging options coming online, I don’t see me ever using a Supercharger on my bolt.”

“I’m pretty skeptical that GM will even be able to finish software integration with Tesla’s network this year, given the absolutely savage supercharger layoff.”

“Can’t wait to see if my order actually comes through. It would be a game changer for me on some long road trips this summer.”

“Ugh. Womp womp”

What’s Next?

GM’s slip might not have been a high-speed crash but it certainly was a notable bump in the road to the company’s EV customers. This event highlights the challenges and eagerness in the EV sector to push forward with innovative solutions, sometimes a bit too hastily. Remember, most EV buyers are bleeding edge techies, and as such, ready to jump into just about anything.  As GM goes back to the drawing board to ensure a smoother official NACS adapter release, the industry, and its followers remain ever-vigilant, ready to plug into the next big development.