Ford Unexpectedly Adopts Tesla Charge Port

Friday, May 26 – Ford CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that
Ford drivers will soon gain access to Tesla’s expansive North-American network of over 12,000
Superchargers – the company’s name for its level 3 direct-current (DC) fast chargers. Ford adopting the Tesla port on future models will give more charging options for drivers in the future. .

An adapter, developed by Tesla, will give various Ford models that are currently equipped with
the Combined Charging System (CCS) access to Tesla’s Superchargers, including the Mustang
Mach-E and the Ford F-150 Lightning. Ford already has access to more than 10,000 DC fast
chargers per the BlueOval Charge Network; their new partnership with Tesla will more than
double this number.

In addition, starting in 2025, Ford has announced that their next generation of EVs will be made
with Tesla’s North American Charging Standard NACS charging ports, abandoning the otherwise universal J1772 CCS charging port, making the first major automotive manufacturer to take Elon Musk’s invitation to build vehicles using Tesla’s charging ports.

The CCS J1772 plug was first used by BMW and Chevrolet in mid-2013 and has been the plug standard adopted in North America by all manufacturers other than Tesla. The Tesla NACS has been used by all Tesla vehicles starting in 2012. Tesla’s NACS charging network already outnumbers CCS charging stations in the US, with this surprising move from Ford, Tesla’s biggest rival, other companies may decide to follow suit, rendering CCS chargers increasingly obsolete.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Tesla’s senior director of charging infrastructure, Rebecca Tinucci, stated: “We’re excited to
deliver on our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by welcoming
Ford owners, and other electric vehicles who adopt NACS, to our thousands of Superchargers
across North America.”

With the smaller form factor of the NACS plug, and it’s ability to be used with both AC level 2 charging and DC level 3 charging, will this plug type take over the North American market? Talk to our charging installation experts today about what the right fit would be for you! If you have a current generation Mustang Mach-E and want to read more about charging at home, check out our blog post!

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