- Starting in 2024, Ford EVs will be able to charge on Tesla Superchargers as long as they’re fitted with the Combined Charging System (CCS).
- Later iterations of Ford EVs will remove the need for an adapter to access the Superchargers.
- By combining Ford’s BlueOval Charge Network and the Tesla Superchargers, Ford will effectively have the largest integrated fast-charge network across the U.S. and Canada.
What’s this? Tesla Superchargers are opening up to other vehicles? It’s true – in a wild development, Ford has announced that Ford EV drivers will soon be able to access over 12,000 Superchargers in the U.S. and Canada. Set to kick off in the spring of 2024, this turn of events effectively doubles the amount of fast chargers available to Ford EV customers.
How It’ll Work
To facilitate seamless charging, Tesla has developed an adapter that will grant port access for these vehicles: Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E, and E-Transit vehicles equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS).
However, Ford has plans to equip its future EVs with the NACS charge port, eliminating the need for an adapter starting in 2025.
Marin Gjaja, chief customer officer at Ford Model e, noted that the “Tesla Supercharger network has excellent reliability and the NACS plug is smaller and lighter. Overall, this provides a superior experience for customers.”
As North America’s largest public charging network, the BlueOval Charge Network already boasts over 84,000 chargers, including access to more than 10,000 public DC fast-chargers. By incorporating over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers into its infrastructure, Ford creates the single largest integrated fast-charge network across the U.S. and Canada.
This move is set to alleviate charge anxiety for Ford EV customers, who will enjoy automatic routing to the nearest charger and seamless billing through FordPass. Plus, Ford dealers plan to add approximately 1,800 public-facing fast-chargers to the BlueOval Charge Network by early 2024, further enhancing the charging experience for EV drivers.
Looking Forward for Ford
Jim Farley, Ford’s president and CEO, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This is great news for our customers who will have unprecedented access to the largest network of fast-chargers in the U.S. and Canada with 12,000+ Tesla Superchargers plus 10,000+ fast-chargers already in the BlueOval Charge Network.”
Recognizing the importance of widespread fast-charging availability, Farley emphasized the vital role it plays in the brand’s EV growth strategy. Ford is currently ramping up production of popular models like the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, with plans to introduce a range of next-generation EVs by 2025.
Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s senior director of charging infrastructure, shared her excitement, stating, “We’ve spent the last 10 years building an industry-leading Charging Network that enables freedom to travel and provides charging confidence for our Tesla owners.”
Tinucci added that Tesla is fulfilling its mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by extending access to their thousands of Superchargers across North America to Ford EV customers and other EVs adopting the North American Charging Standard (NACS).
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