Ford significantly expanded its electric vehicle (EV) charging network on Monday. The company announced that it’s adding 3,000 extra Tesla Superchargers to Ford’s BlueOval Charge Network.
In May, Ford signed a deal with Tesla granting it access to 12,000 Supercharger locations. Ford was the first major automaker to sign up to Tesla’s charging network.
The Monday announcement indicates that the original 12,000 number has been revised upward to 15,000. Ford customers can begin charging their EVs at Tesla charging stations in the spring of 2024.
The required adapter for accessing these chargers will be available for purchase on accessories.ford.com. According to Teslarati, pricing details for the adapter are yet to be disclosed.
Current Ford EVs rely on the Combined Charging System (CCS). In contrast, Tesla EVs rely on the North American Charging Standard (NACS). This necessitates the use of adapters.
Beginning in 2025, NACS will become the standard for all new Ford EVs.
Other charging network enhancements
The Monday announcement included other enhancements to the Ford charging network.
Ford has partnered with three new charging providers: Francis Energy, Blink, and Red E. These providers offer embedded charger routing and convenient payment options through FordPass.
With the addition of these three providers, the BlueOval Charge Network now has more than 10,000 new chargers, including over 550 new DC fast chargers. The current network already includes Shell Recharge Solutions, Electrify America, EVgo, ChargePoint, FLO, EV Connect, and Electric Circuit.
In addition, Ford has plans for significant growth of DC fast chargers beginning in early 2024. This growth includes the installation of more than 11,800 fast-charging stations, some of which will be located at dealerships.
Overall, Ford drivers now have access to more than 106,000 charging stations, as reported by InsideEVs. This puts the company in a strong position to grow its EV market share in the coming years.