Starting next spring, Ford EV owners will have access to roughly 12,000 Tesla Superchargers via adapters in the first direct partnership of its kind between two competing electric vehicle makers.
And starting in 2025, Ford Motor Co. will stop building its EVs with traditional Combined Charging System ports, replacing them with Tesla's preferred North American Charging Standard port, removing the need for an adapter.
"Widespread access to fast-charging is absolutely vital to our growth as an EV brand, and this breakthrough agreement comes as we are ramping up production of our popular Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning and preparing to launch a series of next-generation EVs starting in 2025," Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a statement.
Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the announcement Thursday evening on Twitter. Tesla operates about 17,000 Superchargers in the U.S., so Ford will have access to the majority of them.