Investing.com – The future of e-mobility has reached a stage that not only has the hearts of environmental activists racing, but has also piqued the interest of investors. Tesla (NASDAQ: ), the electric car pioneer, has reached an agreement with Ford Motor (NYSE: ) that sent the California company’s shares up 4.75% on Friday.
The main thing that has made Tesla a pioneer in electric mobility is its extensive network of Superchargers. This network of charging stations is essential for the acceptance and practical use of electric vehicles. Until now, Ford EV owners have not been able to take advantage of this infrastructure. But the game will change starting next year: Thanks to the partnership with Tesla, Ford drivers will also have access to this large and powerful network.
With an adapter, Ford EV drivers can access more than 12,000 Superchargers in the United States and Canada.
The next generation of Ford electric cars, which are planned for the middle of the decade, should be equipped with factory equipment and a Tesla charging connector. This will allow future Ford vehicle owners to use Tesla superchargers without the need for an adapter. Ford is the first automaker to officially join Tesla’s charging network.
Analysts see the partnership as a major step towards greater cooperation in the electric vehicle market and a win-win situation for both companies. Thanks to the improved accessibility provided by the agreement, Tesla is likely to see increased demand for its superchargers, while Ford will benefit by providing its customers with a more comprehensive charging infrastructure. Ultimately, the partnership could also help accelerate the spread of electric vehicles in North America.
The plan comes at a time when competition in the EV market is increasing. Traditional automakers are ramping up their electrification efforts and new entrants are springing up. By working with Tesla, Ford aims to strengthen the established payment network of the market leader to improve its competitive position and attract more customers to its electric car offering.
A merger of the two majors could encourage other automakers to enter into similar partnerships, which could lead to greater collaboration and the potential for faster rollout of EV infrastructure.