Ford’s electric cars will be able to use Tesla’s charging network.
In an announcement late Thursday, May 25, Ford said it has sealed a deal that will give Ford EV owners access to Tesla’s Supercharger network starting in spring 2024.
In the announcement, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley said this will more than double the number of fast chargers in the US and Canada for owners of Ford EVs, including the Mustang Mach-E, E-Transit and F-150 Pickup Lightning. They currently have about 10,000 fast chargers through Ford’s BlueOval Charge Network, and more than 12,000 chargers will be added as part of the program.
In an equally surprising move, Ford has said that its EVs will also get an adapter that will allow them to use a Supercharger. Starting in 2025, the Tesla-developed connector will be built into new Ford EVs, the company said. The North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector on Ford EVs equipped with a Combined Charging System (CCS) port will allow those vehicles to be powered by the Tesla V3 Supercharger. A Ford spokesperson called the joint “small and light” to provide “a better customer experience.”