Ford EV owners will get access to Tesla Supercharger network starting next spring – trendswire

Ford EV owners will get access to Tesla Supercharger network starting next spring – trendswire
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DETROIT – All current and future electric vehicles from Ford Motor Co. will have access to some 12,000 Tesla Supercharger Stations in the US and Canada starting next spring.
Ford CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the deal Thursday during an audio chat on “Twitter Spaces.”
“We think this is a great move for our industry and for all electricity customers,” Farley said.
Musk said he didn’t want Tesla’s network to be a “walled garden” and that he wants to use it to support sustainable transportation.
“Our intent is to do everything we can to support Ford and put Ford on an equal footing with Tesla Superchargers,” Musk said.
Farley said there will be a cost to Ford owners, perhaps a monthly subscription, but gave no details. Details of any financial agreement between Ford and Tesla were not announced.
Initially, Ford’s current EVs will need an adapter to hook up to Tesla’s stations, which have their own connector. But Ford will switch to Tesla’s standard North American charging connector with its second-generation electric vehicles starting in 2025, Farley said.
Ford said Tesla’s connector is smaller and lighter than those used by other automakers.
Farley said Tesla’s superchargers have great locations.
“We love the locations. We love the reliability,” he said. They will join Ford’s own Blue Oval charging network, which has some 10,000 fast-charging stations, he said.
Ford EV owners will be able to access Tesla chargers seamlessly with the Ford app, Musk said.

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Tesla has about 17,000 Supercharger stations in the US. There are about 54,000 public charging stations in the US, according to the Department of Energy, but many charge much more slowly than Tesla’s stations.
The Ford-Tesla deal is separate from a plan to open up part of Tesla’s charging network to all electric vehicles.
The White House announced in February that at least 7,500 chargers from Tesla’s Supercharger and Destination Charger network would be available for non-Tesla electric vehicles by the end of 2024.
The conversation between Musk, who last fall bought Twitter for $44 billion, and Farley proceeded without the embarrassing glitches that plagued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement Wednesday that he would run for president.
With Musk, DeSantis broke the news that he would seek the Republican nomination, but the conversation was delayed by glitches for nearly half an hour. Musk blamed the overloaded servers because many were trying to listen.
The Farley-Musk chat had a much smaller audience than DeSantis, around 18,000 listeners at first.
The number on DeSantis’s chat exceeded 420,000, far from the millions who watched the televised presidential announcements. After the problems were fixed, viewership remained below 500,000.


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