Back in May 2023, FoMoCo announced that it had reached a deal with Tesla that will provide Ford EV owners with access to that company’s expansive Supercharger network – effectively expanding its available infrastructure in one fell swoop. The Blue Oval also announced that owners of the Ford F-150 Lightning and Ford Mustang Mach-E would be receiving an adapter designed to enable those models – which come equipped with Combined Charging System (CCS) plugs – to utilize Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) chargers, too. However, the automaker didn’t provide any details about when that might happen or how much this adapter might cost, though now, we know that it will in fact be free, according to CEO Jim Farley.
When we announced @Ford EVs would get access to @Tesla Superchargers, I said we’d send customers a Fast Charging Adapter. I’m pleased to confirm that eligible #MustangMachE & #F150Lightning owners in the U.S. + Canada can reserve a complimentary adapter starting soon.
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— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) January 31, 2024
It’s still unclear when Ford EV owners will receive this complimentary adapter, with Farley only saying that the part will ship out “soon” ahead of the start of Supercharger access, which is slated to open up this spring. Regardless, this is big news for those owners, given the fact that the Tesla Supercharger network is currently the largest and most reliable of its kind and the highest-ranked of the bunch, giving them more than 12,000 additional U.S.-based chargers to choose from when embarking on road trips, plus the existing 10,000 charger BlueOval Charging Network. It will also provide a more seamless experience, since users will be able to pay via the FordPass app rather than having to download the Tesla app to accomplish that task.
As Ford Authority previously reported, second-generation Ford EV models due to arrive starting in 2025 will come equipped with NACS ports from the factory, meaning that no adapter will be required to charge them at a Supercharger. Regardless, SAE International is working to standardize NACS, and since Ford’s decision to go that route, essentially every other automaker has followed suit.