In a surprising development, Tesla and Ford recently partnered to bring Ford electric vehicle owners access to the Tesla Supercharger network. This is fantastic news if you’ve been frustrated by your electric vehicle’s lack of compatibility with charging networks run by other companies.
If you’re a Ford electric vehicle owner, you will gain access to over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the US and Canada by early 2024. You will access Tesla Superchargers through an adapter that will be provided to you by Ford.
Even more exciting, Ford plans to integrate Tesla’s plug, known as the North American Charging Standard (NACS), into its new electric vehicles by 2025. This will remove the need for an adapter. The announcement is a significant step towards making Tesla’s plug the standard in North America.
Ford CEO Jim Farley noted that Ford customers already have access to more than 10,000 fast chargers through the BlueOval Charge Network. Once the Tesla Supercharger network gets added, Ford customers will have access to the largest network of fast chargers in North America. Fast charging accessibility is crucial for Ford’s growth as an electric vehicle brand, especially as it ramps up production of the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning.
The partnership is a win-win. The expanded charge network will make Ford’s electric vehicles more attractive to consumers. Meanwhile, Tesla’s Supercharger network will expand into a bigger business.
The question now is whether other automakers will follow Ford’s lead and integrate the NACS connector into their future electric vehicles. Stay tuned to find out!