Tesla and Ford have recently signed a historic partnership. From 2024, electric cars from the blue circular brand will be able to access Tesla’s Supercharger network. Even better, Ford intends to integrate into its future models a charging port compatible with the Tesla connector.
For a few years now, Tesla has been gradually opening up its Supercharger network to electric vehicles from competing brands. It started in Norway as early as 2021, followed by the Netherlands. And from January 31, 2022, owners of non-Tesla electric cars in France can also charge their cars at the fast charging stations of the American manufacturer.
And rightly so, we have learned that Tesla has signed a major partnership with Ford This Friday, May 26, 2023. Naturally, this is a major announcement. As you know, in the US Tesla uses a different standard than Combo CCS, in this case NACS sockets (for the North American Charging Standard).
Tesla is opening its American Supercharger network to Ford
In fact, allowing Ford’s electric models to take advantage of 12,000 US and Canadian charging stations, Tesla will develop the adapter. Thanks to this addition, which will be launched at the beginning of 2024 according to Elon Musk, owners of Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning will be able to connect with Supercharger v3.
Please note that this will be a temporary measure. From 2025, the blue oval brand intends to go even further. Indeed, the manufacturer has confirmed that sFuture electric vehicles will be fitted directly with the NACS port. In other words, the adapter won’t make sense on his cars.
With this alliance, Ford doubles the premium offer available to its customers. Indeed, for 10,000 Blue Oval Charge Network stations will therefore be added 12,000 Tesla Supercharger stations in North America.
This opening for the Supercharger network is “good news for our customers” said Ford CEO Jim Farley, before adding that “widespread access to fast charging is absolutely critical to our growth as an EV brand”. Two questions now arise: will the next Ford EVs still use the CCS Combo socket or will they abandon it in favor of the NCAS standard? And finally, will this partnership encourage other US producers to consider the same agreement? The future will tell.