Last February, the Biden administration unveiled its $5 billion plan to expand EV charging infrastructure across the country. Not only with the Department of Transportation helping states build half a million EV charging stations by 2030, the White House also convinced Tesla to share a portion of its existing Supercharger network with non-Tesla EVs. On Thursday, Ford became the first automaker to enter into such a pact with Tesla, announcing during a Twitter Spaces event that “Ford electric vehicle customers get access to more than 12,000 Tesla superchargers across the US and Canada. “, starting in spring 2024, according to the company statement. .
Because Tesla uses a proprietary charging port design for its vehicles, Ford owners will initially need to rely on a Tesla-developed adapter connected to the public charging cable to recharge their Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E, and E -Transit. Ford vehicles also announced that, starting with the 2025 model year, it will switch from the existing Combined Charging System (CCS) port to Tesla’s now open source NACS charging port. These 12,000 additional chargers will join Ford’s network of Blue Oval charging stations, which numbers 84,000.
“Tesla has led the industry in creating a large, reliable and efficient charging system and we are pleased to be able to join forces in a way that benefits customers and the general adoption of electric vehicles,” said Marin Gjaja, director of customer service. Ford Model e customer. at launch. “The Tesla Supercharger network has excellent reliability and the NACS connector is smaller and lighter. Overall, this provides a superior experience for customers.”
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