A new Tesla and Ford partnership has been unveiled as the two companies collaborate to use plugs and electric car superchargers developed by Tesla.
The new collaboration means Ford will integrate the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) plugs into their electric cars. North American Charging Standard (NACS) is a version of plugs electric vehicles use for recharging.
Tesla developed it in 2012 and is often above its competitors in terms of quality. Last year, the electric car giant, Tesla, announced they would be making their proprietary charging connector industry standard in the whole of North America.
Initially, experts didn't believe Tesla would pull off integrating top industry names into their new proprietary charging connector. However, the electric car company has pulled through as Ford reveals their new partnership with the electric car company. On Twitter, Tesla announced they would become Ford's electric car plug.
"Excited to welcome Ford owners to thousands of Superchargers across North America next year⚡️✌️," the company said on Twitter. The electric car company also said they would expect more EVs to integrate their cars into the Tesla plug.
"To accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, we look forward to more EVs adopting the North American Charging Standard & using the Supercharger network," Tesla said.
With the new collaboration, Ford EV owners have better access to the Supercharger network. The Tesla proprietary charging connector has become very popular among EV owners as it has a broader capacity than its competitors. Many experts have also dubbed the Tesla proprietary charging connector to be reliable.
The Tesla Supercharger network will be available to all their customers with electric vehicles. "Starting early next year, Ford EV customers will have access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the over 10,000 DC fast-chargers that are already part of the BlueOval Charge Network. This will give Ford EV customers unprecedented access to fast-charging," Ford said.
Ford Electric Vehicles to Feature Tesla-model Plugs From 2025
Ford also reiterated that their electric vehicles will now be factory set to Tesla-model charging plugs from 2025. This means from 2025. Ford EVs will directly feature the North American Charging Standard (NACS) from the factory. "In 2025, Ford will offer next-generation electric vehicles with the North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector built-in, eliminating the need for an adapter to access Tesla Superchargers," the company said.
Ford president and CEO Jim Farley commented on the new development, saying he was happy to allow Ford electric vehicle owners access to the largest network of fast chargers in North America.
"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. 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," Jim Farley said.