Owners of Ford electric vehicles will soon have access to Tesla’s massive electric vehicle charging network, according to a statement from the two companies’ top executives.
Starting early next year, Ford electric vehicle owners in the United States can use Ford’s mobile app to access Tesla’s 12,000 Supercharger stations.
The partnership between the two companies was announced by Ford CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk via Twitter Spaces live.
“I have a lot of respect for Ford as a company and they make amazing cars. We are happy to support (this partnership),” Elon Musk emphasized during the live stream.
Jim Farley also announced that Ford’s next-generation electric cars will be built with charging ports similar to those in Tesla cars instead of the so-called CCS chargers that many electric cars have, including those made by General Motors, Audi and Rivian. There are more Tesla charging stations in the US than CCS in total.
“We don’t have as many electric car customers as you do, but we do have quite a few, and giving them the opportunity to get that benefit starting early in the year without having to buy a new car, I think, is a very common thing. It’s great information from you and the Tesla team.” put the customer experience first,” Farley told Musk.
Existing Ford electric vehicles will be fitted with an inverter to access Tesla’s superchargers.
As more states in the United States push for a transition to electric vehicles, not a few are critical, saying that large stretches of highways lack the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles, making the vehicles unaffordable for many people. .
The issue is getting bigger as several states, including California and New York, have already passed laws banning the sale of new gasoline-powered cars until 2035.
Last November, Elon Musk called on automakers making electric cars to use Tesla connectors.