The top executives from Ford Motor Co. and Tesla announced a historic agreement that will allow Ford customers to use 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the U.S. and Canada.
Ford President and CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk hosted a Twitter Spaces chat earlier today at 5:30 p.m. ET to discuss accelerating electric vehicle adoption in North America.
The audience was able to listen live to the 28-minute chat on Farley’s Twitter account, @jimfarley98. More than 91,000 listeners tuned in to the chat, per Twitter metrics.
This will give Ford EV customers “unprecedented” access to fast charging, Farley says.
The BlueOval Charge Network is already North America’s largest public charging network, with more than 84,000 chargers including access to over 10,000 public DC fast-chargers.
Adding more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers creates the single largest integrated fast-charge network across the U.S. and Canada, designed to significantly reduce charge anxiety for Ford customers, with automatic routing to the nearest charger and seamless billing via FordPass.
Additionally, Ford dealers are adding roughly 1,800 public-facing fast chargers and locations to the BlueOval Charge Network by early 2024.
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, removing the need for an adapter for direct access to Tesla Superchargers.
“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,” Farley says in a release.
Telsa has spent the last 10 years building an industry-leading charging network, says Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla’s senior director of charging infrastructure.
“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,” Tinucci says in a release.