Last February, the Biden administration unveiled its $5 billion plan to expand EV charging stations across the country. Not only is the Department of Transportation’s support to build half a million EV charging stations by 2030, the White House also convinced Tesla to share part of its Supercharger network with non-Tesla EVs. On Thursday, Ford became the first automaker to partner with Tesla, announcing on Twitter Spaces that “Ford electric vehicle customers will have access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers in the US and Canada,” starting in Spring 2024, according to the company. .
Because Teslas use standard charging ports on their cars, Ford owners will have to rely on a Tesla-made adapter connected to the charging cable to recharge the Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit. cars. Ford also announced that, starting in 2025, it will switch from the Combined Charging System (CCS) port to Tesla’s now open NACS port. These 12,000 additional chargers will join Ford’s 84,000-strong Blue Oval network.
“Tesla has led the industry in creating cost-effective, reliable and efficient vehicles and we’re excited to be able to combine solutions that benefit customers and EV adoption,” Marin Gjaja, chief customer officer for Ford Model e, said. in release. “The Tesla Supercharger network is very reliable and the NACS plug is small and light. All in all, this provides a high level of convenience for customers.”