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Ford EVs Can Utilize Tesla Charging Network With New Pilot Program

Ford CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have long enjoyed a cozy relationship in spite of the fact that the two automakers will soon be bitter rivals in the electric vehicle market. But one big advantage Tesla has over Ford and all other automakers looking to break into the EV segment is its Supercharger charging network, which it owns and operates and is exclusive to Tesla-branded EVs. Ford, like other automakers, is currently relying on third-party charging networks for its EVs, but now, Tesla is opening up its Supercharger network to Ford EVs and others via a new pilot program, according to Reuters.

Tesla previously announced its intentions to share its vast Supercharger network – which consists of around 2,500 stations with 25,000 chargers – with other brands this past July but didn’t expect to begin that process until next year. However, that process has now begun with a pilot program at 10 different Supercharger locations in the Netherlands. Non-Tesla EV owners can utilize the chargers via the Tesla app, while the automaker will also be monitoring those stations for congestion.

Since Tesla utilizes the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard in Europe, this is a logical place to start, as Tesla vehicles use the same type of connectors as other makes and models, including Ford EVs. In the U.S., Tesla vehicles use the company’s own propriety connector, which means that owners of other brands will need an adapter to charge at a Supercharger.

Owners of other branded vehicles will have to pay higher prices to charge at Superchargers than Tesla owners, however, which will fund the changes necessary to make this a reality. Tesla will also offer a charging membership with lower costs as well.

We’ll have more on Tesla’s Supercharger expansion soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. William Kircher

    When will such occur in the usa?

    1. Stu

      I am asking the same question as I have travelled extensively north-south along the eastern and central US interstate highway system since 1972 in ICE vehicles and now own a Mach E.
      Are the “big three”, other manufacturers and governments going to get serious about the deployment of enough fast DC chargers along these routes or continue to watch from the sidelines?

  2. marty zolton

    with the low quality output of 150, 250 and 350 charging station we need guaranteed of at lease 150kw. I have not been able to get a charge of more than 60kw over the last 8 months. will I. beable to change out my batteries for the longer range units. the only draw back to the lightning is the poor distance sine I need 350 as my minimum travel and would like 500 mile distance.


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