For Europeans, this news may raise eyebrows. After all, almost all electric cars can already use the Tesla Supercharger here, thanks to Tesla’s opening up to other brands and the universal use of the CCS charging standard. In the US it is different. For non-Tesla EVs, the CCS1 combo plug is the standard for fast charging, slightly different from ‘our’ CCS2 combo. Teslas still use their own, much more compact fast charging connection in the US. That plug is officially called the ‘North American Charging Standard’ (NACS), but it is certainly not because of the dichotomy.
This difference means that opening up Tesla Superchargers to other brands is a tricky business in the US and Canada. Too bad, especially in North America, Tesla’s fast charging network is completely superior to the alternatives. They seem to see that at Ford now too. The brand announces that drivers of an electric Ford will be able to visit Tesla’s 12,000 Supercharger locations from the spring of 2024, with an adapter specially developed by Tesla. Later, from 2025, the Tesla charging socket will become the standard for electric Fords in North America. In principle, this concerns the Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning, because the new Explorer is a purely European affair. Fords with a Tesla connection will, just like Teslas, have to use an adapter to be able to charge at other fast chargers, but according to Ford that is better than the other way around. Payment is fully automated, just like with Tesla, but via the Ford app instead of the Tesla app.
This collaboration is extremely interesting because it raises the question of whether other brands will follow suit. The Tesla charging connection is undeniably more compact and attractive than the double CCS port, but it seemed for a long time that the choice for CCS had been made. The small Aptera, among others, has already opted for standardizing the Tesla standard, but Ford is the first major brand to recognize its superiority in Tesla in this area.
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