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Ford gets EV owners access to Tesla charging stations, announces switch in connectors

Tesla has 12,000 fast chargers in North America. Image: Tesla

Ford and Tesla have agreed a deal that would allow Ford EV owners to charge their vehicles at Tesla stations, the two companies announced.

The deal grants owners of models such as Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning and E-Transit access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the US and Canada, through the use of an adaptor and software integration.

Ford owners can continue to access the 10,000+ fast-chargers set up by Ford as part of its BlueOval Charge Network.

Ford is the US's second-largest EV company with sales totaling 61,575 electric vehicles last year, a number that's dwarfed by Tesla's 1.3 million.

Ford also announced that starting 2025, the company will offer next-generation EVs with Tesla's NACS connectors built-in, eliminating the need for Ford EV owners to use adapters at Tesla stations.

Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO, said "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."

Rebecca Tinucci, Tesla's senior director of charging infrastructure, added: "We've spent the last 10 years building an industry-leading Charging Network that enables freedom to travel and provides charging confidence for our Tesla owners. 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." 

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