Tesla charging network available to Ford EV owners with adapter


Software enabling Ford vehicles to start charging at Tesla stations was rolled out Wednesday morning.

AUSTIN, Texas — Tesla’s charging network is now available to owners of Ford electric vehicles, with a catch.

According to the Associated Press, Ford owners will need to get a free adapter for their electric vehicle, but the company won’t begin shipping those until the end of March.

In May 2023, Ford became the first automaker to reach an agreement with Austin-based Tesla to charge on its network.

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Tesla operates the largest and most well-placed charging network in the U.S. with more than 26,000 plugs and nearly 2,400 Supercharger stations in the U.S. and Canada. The Associated Press reports that Ford owners will have access to about 15,000 Tesla fast-charging plugs placed strategically along travel corridors.

Older Tesla plugs won’t be available for Ford owners to use, but by adding the Tesla plugs, they will double the size of the network that can be used by Ford EV owners.

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Tesla’s network was turned on Wednesday morning with software enabling Ford vehicles to start charging at Tesla stations around the same time. Ford is expected to switch to Tesla’s charging connector with its second-generation EVs starting in 2025.

Meanwhile, Ford is providing a free adapter per vehicle to EV owners. The adapters can be reserved on Ford’s website between Feb. 29 and June 30.

Drivers will pay Tesla for the electricity and can find prices on Ford’s mobile app and public charging apps on vehicle touch screens.

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