Ford EV Customers Soon to Gain Tesla Supercharger AccessMay 26, 2023
It wasn’t that long ago when we reported on Tesla’s decision to open some of their charging stations to non-Tesla electric vehicles, backed by a new federal program to bolster America’s EV infrastructure. Now Ford has announced that, starting early next year, their EV customers will be able to plug into more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers in the US and Canada.
Along with this mutual agreement, Ford has announced plans to equip their future EVs with the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge port, starting in 2025. Switching over to this Tesla-standard will eliminate the need for an adapter; however, current Ford EVs with the Combined Charging System (CCS) port will be able to use an adapter to hook up to a Supercharger.
On top of the physical hardware, there will also be “software integration along with activation and payment via FordPass or Ford Pro Intelligence.” This move effectively doubles the amount of chargers available to Ford EV customers, which the brand hopes will reduce charging anxiety for current and prospective buyers.
“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,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “Widespread access to fast-charging is absolutely vital to our growth as an EV brand, and this breakthrough agreement comes as we are ramping up production of our popular Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, and preparing to launch a series of next-generation EVs starting in 2025.”
Ford also announced “roughly 1,800 public-facing fast-chargers and locations” being added to their BlueOval Charge Network, arriving sometime by early 2024.