26 Mar 24

Ford Pro EV fleets can use Tesla Superchargers

Public charging has just become significantly easier for fleets in the US and Canada operating Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles, after Ford struck a deal to gain access to the Tesla Supercharger network.

The move more than doubles the number of rapid public chargers available to Ford drivers, adding over 15,000 DC Tesla Superchargers to the BlueOval Charge Network. Fast chargers are capable of adding hundreds of miles of driving range in an hour or less, depending on the vehicle.

Drivers will be able to locate the Superchargers via the FordPass app or Charge Assist in their vehicles’ touchscreens, and a future software update will integrate the Superchargers into Ford's routing system. 

Plug & Charge

The Tesla Superchargers will also support Plug & Charge for Ford EVs (drivers need to create an account) – charging starts automatically as soon as a vehicle is plugged in and the costs are processed through FordPass.

Ford drivers will, however, have to use a Fast Charging Adapter (pictured above) to access the Tesla Superchargers. The adapter fits between the Supercharger cable and the Combined Charging System (CCS) charger port on a Ford EV.

Ford Pro will contact commercial customers this spring for adapter orders, while retail customers can order an adapter for free online before 30 June 2024. The adapter will cost $230 after this date.

From 2025, Ford’s next generation EVs will use the Tesla-style North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector, removing the need for an adapter to use Tesla Superchargers.

Cable issues

Early reports from Ford EV drivers suggest the charging cables at some Superchargers are too short to reach their vehicles’ ports, with Ford and Tesla positioning the port at different places on their cars. As a result, images have appeared of drivers parking perpendicularly to chargers, and occupying more than one parking bay.

Tesla is urging all vehicle manufacturers to standardise the charge port location either on the rear driver side (as on Teslas) or front passenger side of vehicles. The EV specialist also says its latest V4 Supercharger post will reach any EV parked in its charging bay, and it is working on a NACS extension cable, which it will sell.

In the meantime, Tesla advises drivers that: “In some cases you might have to park over the line in order to charge comfortably. Avoid parking diagonally to reach the cable and try to obstruct as few charge posts as possible.”

Charging barriers

Last year, a Cox Automotive consumer sentiment study found that a lack of charging stations is second only to price as an obstacle to EV adoption. Improving access to reliable rapid charging is vital to boost EV uptake.

Jim Farley Ford President and CEO, said: “Ford EV customers will have access to more than 15,000 Tesla Superchargers across the U.S. and Canada, more than doubling fast charging options on the BlueOval Charge Network. This move will improve the public charging experience by giving our customers even more choice and is a vital part of our growth as an EV brand.”

The BlueOval™ Charge Network now has more than 126,000 chargers, including more than 28,000 fast chargers.

Images: Ford

Authored by: Jonathan Manning