Several automobile manufacturers have reached an agreement with Tesla to provide access to the Californian giant’s fast charging stations to their customers. This is the case of Ford which, a few months ago, confirmed that drivers of Ford F-150 Lightning and Mach-E would now have access to the network Tesla superchargers. All that was missing was an adapter which allows the connection to the terminals; There you go, it’s done. Ford says owners can now order the missing part for free.
A Free Part
Ford electric vehicle consumers will now have access to more than 15,000 Tesla Superchargers in the United States and Canada, doubling the number of fast chargers available. By adding the 10,000 fast chargers already present in the BlueOval charging network, electric Ford owners will now have access to more than 25,000 fast charging stations across North America.
At the time of the announcement, it was unclear whether owners would have to pay to obtain the adapter, but Ford quickly confirmed that eligible customers would have access to the part for free.
The adapter in question is developed by Tesla and will allow F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS) port to access Tesla’s V3 Superchargers. According to the manufacturer, the network will allow drivers to charge their vehicles up to 320 kilometers in 15 minutes.
Ford will also equip its future electric vehicles with the NACS charging port, removing the need for an adapter for direct access to Tesla Superchargers, starting in 2025. Eligible owners can reserve a free adapter starting this spring. Ford spokesman Dan Barbossa said owners of model year 2021 through 2024 vehicles are eligible.
Several customers affected
Ford was the first to strike a deal with Tesla for its electric vehicle customers to access these Superchargers, quickly improving access to reliable public charging.
Ford sold 39,858 Lightning pickup trucks and 107,372 Mustang Mach-E SUVs, according to 2023 North American sales data. That’s nearly 150,000 consumers who appear to be eligible to receive the adapter for free.
Ford has not provided details on how much the company will have to pay to purchase these adapters. Tesla, however, confirms that each part will cost more than US$100. The Dearborn automaker said it depends on how many people apply before stipulating the full settlement amount.