Back in May, Ford became the first of many automakers to sign an agreement with Tesla that will soon give its owners access to the latter’s expansive, award-winning, and reliable Supercharger network, vastly expanding their access to EV charging. With virtually every automaker that sells EVs in the U.S. following suit in the ensuing months and SAE International announcing that it will standardize the North American Charging Standard (NACS) used by Tesla vehicles and Superchargers, it seems as if this particular port will emerge as the most popular – and common – in future years. Since then, a number of other third-party charging networks have announced that they will also adopt the NACS standard, and now, Electrek has uncovered comments that suggest Ford EV owners will gain access to the Supercharger network as soon as this coming February.
This bit of news comes directly from Jenny Pretare, Tesla design manager of Charging Infrastructure, who was asked to provide details on the rollout while speaking at a Farr West City, Utah planning meeting regarding the construction of a new Supercharger station there. “Our first car companies, Ford and GM, are starting in February of 2024,” Pretare said. “Once they have the charge port [adapter] and software to interface with our charging stations, they will actually be open to those vehicles.”
These comments certainly seem to indicate that Ford and GM EV owners will have access to Tesla’s Supercharger stations in just a couple of months or so, and that they may also have an adapter in hand that will allow them to utilize their CCS ports with the NACS chargers.
As for the rest of the long list of manufacturers that have signed similar deals with Tesla, Pretare noted that they will be added at a later date, mostly due to concerns revolving around the potential overcrowding of its charging stations. “We will be opening up to most of the other car companies in stages just to make sure we don’t get swamped all at once,” she said.