Ford EV customers will soon be able to charge their vehicles using Tesla’s Superchargers. This will be possible through the new partnership between the two auto giants, which is expected to start in the spring of 2024.
The announcement was made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Ford CEO Jim Farley during a Twitter Spaces session this Thursday. According to the executives, this will give Ford EV users access to over 12,000 Superchargers spread across the US and Canada.
“We’re very happy to support Ford vehicles with the Tesla Supercharger network, and also provide API access,” Musk said. “So like a Ford vehicle can charge at a Tesla supercharger using a Ford app seamlessly. Essentially, the idea is that we don’t want the Tesla Supercharger network to be like a walled garden. We want it to be something that is supportive of electrification and sustainable transport in general.”
Aside from using adapters for superchargers, the agreement will require Ford to include Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge port in its future EVs starting in 2025. The NACS ports should allow Ford EVs to charge at Combined Charging System (CCS) chargers using adapters, which the company promised to be affordable. It is expected to be offered in different payment options, including subscriptions, with Musk saying the adapters would be “in the hundred of dollars range.” Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E, and E-Transit EVs with CCS port are expected to use Tesla’s adapters to charge at V3 Superchargers.
The partnership might also cover the autos teased by Ford recently, including a sport utility Expedition-inspired three-row SUV and an electric truck. During Ford’s capital markets event on Monday, the company also shared that the future vehicles will use lithium iron phosphate chemistry to allow the EVs to attain 350 miles of range by only using a 100kWh battery.
The move seems part of Tesla’s past works of encouraging other EV makers to embrace its charging connectors. To recall, the company shared its design in hopes of making it a standard among EV creations.
In related news, LG is expanding its charger solutions business to support the growing EV industry. This week, the company unveiled four new charger models of HiEV Charger, formerly AppleMango, which LG, GS Energy, and GS Neotek acquired last year. The new line of chargers comprises two 7kW models (wall-mounted and stand-type) and two fast-charging models (100kW and 200kW).