Ford EV Customers Now Have Access to Tesla Charging Network in U.S., Canada


Ford EV charging at Tesla station
Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E (pictured) drivers now can use Tesla’s charging network to power their vehicles with an adapter available from the Blue Oval Charging Network. // Photo courtesy of Ford

Owners of the F-150 Lightning pickup and Mustang Mach-E SUV from Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn are the first non-Tesla drivers with access to Tesla Superchargers across the U.S. and Canada with a fast-charge adapter available from the BlueOval Charging Network.

Ford is making the adapter available at no cost to new and existing customers enrolled in the BlueOval Charge Network through June 30. The adapter is required to charge at upgraded Tesla Superchargers. Ford retail EV customers are the first in the industry to have the opportunity to order the fast-charging adapter.

According to Ford, the 15,000-plus available Tesla Superchargers more than double customer access to reliable DC fast charging on the BlueOval Charge Network.

Retail customers will be eligible to receive a complimentary adapter if ordered by June 30. Future Ford EV customers can purchase the adapter from Ford for $230 (including estimated tax and shipping). Ford Pro commercial customers will be contacted this spring by mail at the address registered with Ford Pro or via their Ford Pro account manager to order an adapter.

The BlueOval Charge Network was developed to provide one stored payment account through the FordPass App, or Charge Assist App (soon to be “Public Charge”) in the vehicle’s touchscreen, which eliminating the need for onsite credit card use.

Once owners have created an account and activated “Plug & Charge,” Tesla Superchargers will support Ford EVs. This means customers simply have to plug in and charging will automatically start with charges managed through FordPass.

In the future, Ford will begin offering next-generation electric vehicles with the North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector built-in, eliminating the need for an adapter to access Tesla Superchargers.

“This move will improve the public charging experience by giving our customers even more choice and is a vital part of our growth as an EV brand,” says Jim Farley, president and CEO of Ford. “I would like to thank Elon (Musk) and the Tesla team for their close collaboration and Tesla’s leadership to help change the lives of so many EV customers through improved access to charging.”

According to a Cox Automotive Consumer Sentiment Study, lack of charging stations is the second largest barrier after price when it comes to purchasing an electric vehicle.


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