Ford CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk together on Thursday announced that Ford is planning to shift to Tesla’s charging interface—and the superior fast-charging experience of Tesla Superchargers—starting with its next-generation EVs in 2025.
Those next-generation models will have the familiar Tesla port, called North American Charging Standard (NACS), built in, with charging at Tesla Supercharger stations requiring no adapter.
As new Ford EVs are introduced, it will be abandoning the CCS standard in the U.S. completely. When asked whether next-generation Ford EVs will have the CCS port, Ford replied to Green Car Reports: “Gen 2 EVs with the NACS port will have the option of charging at CCS chargers via an adapter.“
In the meantime, Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E, and E-Transit vehicles that have the Combined Charging System (CCS) port will be able to charge at 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the U.S., with a Tesla-developed adapter that will be in production early next year.
“We’re totally committed to the NACS interface itself going forward,” said Farley, on a Twitter Spaces event with Musk that served as the reveal stage for the announcement.
“This is a really big deal for our customers,” added Farley, who pointed to the ease of use of the connector and the reliability of it.
Tesla Supercharger network, but Ford’s app
Ford customers won’t need to use the Tesla app, either, as Musk confirmed. “We’re super-happy to support Ford vehicles with the Tesla Supercharger network, and also provide API access so a Ford vehicle can charge at a Tesla Supercharger using the Ford app, seamlessly,” he said.
“We don’t want the Tesla Supercharger network to be a walled garden…we want it to be something that is supportive of electrification and sustainable transport in general,” added Musk.
Ford’s executive team just earlier this week previewed Ford’s Gen 2 EVs, including a three-row EV that will get 350 miles of range from around 100 kwh. Farley said that Ford isn’t going to 600-mile EVs, and it’s prioritizing all the efficiency gains that will allow smaller batteries for a competitive range. He mentioned that the choice of the Tesla standard had a role in that, in making it easier for the customer.
Fast-charging will be enabled by a different piece of hardware available for Ford vehicles than the Magic Dock supplied for CCS vehicles at some Supercharger stations. The charge rate for Ford EVs will not be limited at Supercharger stations, Musk assured, noting that these models will charge at “whatever the physical limit is.”
“We’ll make sure that the adapter is not the limiting factor,” clarified Musk, who earlier in the session said that “it is in our intent to do everything possible to support Ford and have Ford be on equal footing.”
If more automakers or charging companies decide to pivot to NACS, that may leave the U.S. charging landscape with a clear winner, after years of conversations about charger reliability that recently have warranted attention from the federal government. Tesla’s standard was delivered in the Model S starting in 2012 and predates CCS, which didn’t arrive in any production EV until late 2013, in GM’s Chevy Spark EV. The CHAdeMO standard for fast-charging arrived three years before the Model S, but hardware wasn’t installed in the U.S. until after Tesla had already devised its own standard.
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