Ford’s CEO Jim Farley took to a Twitter House on Thursday afternoon with some fairly large information. Ford and Tesla have agreed to offer Ford EVs entry to Tesla’s Supercharger community. Present Ford EVs would require an adapter to attach what Tesla has known as the “North American Charging Commonplace” (NACS) cable to its Mixed Charging System (CCS) ports. However Ford’s subsequent sequence of EVs will characteristic native NACS ports, eradicating the necessity for an adapter.
“That is nice information for our clients who may have unprecedented entry to the biggest community of fast-chargers within the US and Canada with 12,000-plus Tesla Superchargers plus 10,000-plus fast-chargers already within the BlueOval Cost Community,” Farley mentioned. “Widespread entry to fast-charging is completely important to our progress as an EV model, and this breakthrough settlement comes as we’re ramping up manufacturing of our standard Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, and making ready to launch a sequence of next-generation EVs beginning in 2025.”
Many phrases have been written these previous few years concerning the poor state of the US’s DC fast-charging infrastructure. EV drivers of all stripes have horror tales about inscrutable charger errors, out-of-order stations, and hours-long delays to street journeys… besides Tesla drivers, who’ve entry to an expansive DC fast-charging community that appears to simply work.
Now, these Tesla drivers should share their toys. From spring 2024, Ford EVs will have the ability to cost at Superchargers utilizing a Tesla-designed adapter. Cost will probably be dealt with by the FordPass app. And from 2025, new Ford EVs will probably be designed with the NACS port as an alternative of CCS. “The Tesla Supercharger community has wonderful reliability, and the NACS plug is smaller and lighter. Total, this supplies a superior expertise for purchasers,” mentioned Marin Gjaja, chief buyer officer at Ford Mannequin e. It is unclear if these future Fords will characteristic each NACS and CCS charging ports or simply NACS—Ford is just not offering that info at the moment.
This isn’t the one transfer to open the Supercharger community to different EVs. In March, Tesla unveiled a brand new Supercharger for the US market that features a CCS plug, permitting it for use by non-Tesla EVs. It additionally offers Tesla entry to federal funds for charging infrastructure that requires the infrastructure to be accessible to the widest vary of EVs.