Ford has struck a deal to get its vehicles access to more than 12,000 Level 3 fast chargers in the Tesla Supercharger network across Canada and the US, starting in spring of next year.
As Ford EVs are equipped with a Combined Charging System (CCS) port, owners will need a Tesla-developed adapter to plug in to the Supercharger network. But in a surprise move, Ford also announced that, from 2025, it will incorporate Tesla’s proprietary North American Charging Standard (NACS) port in all its EVs, along with a CCS port.
“This is great news for our customers who will have unprecedented access to the largest network of fast-chargers in the U.S. and Canada with 12,000+ Tesla Superchargers plus 10,000+ fast-chargers already in the BlueOval Charge Network,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “Widespread access to fast-charging is absolutely vital to our growth as an EV brand, and this breakthrough agreement comes as we are ramping up production of our popular Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, and preparing to launch a series of next-generation EVs starting in 2025.”
Ford EV owners will be able to use the FordPass or Ford Pro Intelligence apps to activate the chargers and pay through Ford’s networks.
The BlueOval Charge Network already has more than 84,000 chargers including more than 10,000 public DC fast-chargers across North America. With this Tesla deal, Ford owners now have access to the largest integrated fast-charging network across the continent.
“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 overall EV adoption,” says Marin Gjaja, chief customer officer for Ford Model e, the company’s EV division. “The Tesla Supercharger network has excellent reliability and the NACS plug is smaller and lighter. Overall, this provides a superior experience for customers.”