Ford PR has some good news for its customers:
- 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.
- Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning and E-Transit customers will be able to access the Superchargers via an adapter and software integration along with activation and payment via FordPass or Ford Pro Intelligence.
- 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 reliable Tesla Supercharger network has already established charging corridors across the U.S. and Canada.
I’ll leave the merits of the NACS connector to others, but from a consumer stand point, this seems like great news.1 Tesla has a ton of chargers, and with Ford continuing to build out their own network, drivers will have even more locations where they can charge quickly.
If EVs are every going to be as convenient as traditional vehicles, drivers will need to be able to easily charge just about anywhere, without having to worry about standards or adaptors. I don’t have to worry about what kind of gas pump I pull up to my truck, and EV drivers should have the same peace of mind.2
- It does mean that North America may end up with a different standard than the rest of the world, if other brands follow Ford in giving up the CCS standard. A lot of folks think CCS should win everywhere. Granted, it’s not clear if Ford is replacing CCS with NACS, or if they will offer both charging ports on future vehicles, and of course, there’s not a single CCS connector as different companies have implemented it differently. Ah yes, standards. ↩
- I really think the Toyota Tundra I just bought could be my last ICE vehicle; I would have loved a Lightning but it just wasn’t in the cards this time around. ↩