Access Ford’s NACS Fast Charging Adapter as Tesla Charging Network Expands

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Access Ford's NACS Fast Charging Adapter as Tesla Charging Network Expands

Today marks a significant shift in the electric vehicle charging landscape. Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E owners are stepping onto the same playing field as Tesla drivers with access to the Tesla Supercharger network.

Ford’s announcement brings two game-changing developments. Firstly, customers can now order the Fast Charging Adapter—a pioneering move by a major automaker. This adapter allows Tesla North American Charging Standard (NACS) plugs to seamlessly connect to the Combined Charging System (CCS) fast-charging port, which is standard on nearly all non-Tesla EVs.

Secondly, Ford vehicles and the Tesla Supercharger network are undergoing over-the-air updates. This means Ford EVs will soon be able to charge at Tesla stations, expanding charging options by an additional 15,000 DC fast chargers for Ford owners upon receiving their adapters.

With these advancements, the public fast-charging experience becomes more accessible and convenient for a broader range of electric vehicle owners.

Today marks the dawn of an era where Tesla’s Superchargers, renowned for being the most expansive and dependable public charging network in North America, begin to welcome drivers of all EV brands. Ford’s pioneering move in facilitating Tesla charging access via an adapter sets a precedent that other automakers are likely to follow. In the future, we can anticipate the widespread adoption of Tesla’s NACS plug format by most manufacturers.

According to Ken Williams, Ford’s Director of Charging and Energy Services, over 80% of Ford EV owners primarily charge at home. However, their main challenge lies in public charging. Today marks a significant step towards alleviating this pain point, making public charging a far more accessible and convenient experience for Ford EV owners and drivers of other electric vehicles alike.

How It Works

Ford has streamlined the process for Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E owners to access the Tesla Supercharger network. Robert Hayes, Ford’s Manager of Public Charging Customer Experience, explains that owners can easily claim their free charger by logging into their FordPass account. Simply navigate to the Connected Service Home Page, where you’ll find an offer for the free charger. Alternatively, you can access it through Ford’s website.

Until June 30, the charger is provided at no cost. However, starting July 1, there will be a charge of $230, inclusive of taxes and shipping. The adapters are set to commence shipping in the upcoming weeks.

While the adapter lacks specific communication protocols, theoretically making it compatible with any EV, authentication with Tesla’s network may still be necessary for charging to occur. Ford officials clarify that although the adapter won’t affect charging speeds or performance, neither Ford nor Tesla recommends using third-party adapters due to potential safety concerns.

Thanks to the over-the-air updates, Ford EV owners equipped with the adapter can now enjoy the convenience of automatic charging, eliminating the need for onsite credit card transactions. This mirrors the seamless experience enjoyed by Tesla owners. Ford officials state, “Once owners have created an account and activated Plug & Charge, Tesla Superchargers will support Plug & Charge with Ford EVs.” This means customers simply plug in, and charging commences automatically, with charges managed through FordPass.

Furthermore, Hayes highlights that the native Tesla app isn’t required for this charging experience. Instead, Ford recommends using the FordPass app to locate compatible chargers and ascertain charging prices. With the integration of Tesla Superchargers into Ford’s Blue Oval Network, Tesla’s system becomes the 11th addition to Ford’s network, simplifying the charging process for Ford owners. This integration eliminates the need for multiple apps, memberships, or onsite payment methods.

However, owners of the Ford E-Transit van may experience a slight delay as the vehicle requires updates at dealerships to enable the plug-and-charge feature.

In addition to the convenience of accessing Tesla Superchargers, another benefit of this move is the upcoming integration of Tesla Supercharger stations into native route planning features on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford has been enhancing these features within popular smartphone projection systems, enabling navigation systems to predict range at destinations or suggest diversion routes for charging. Now, Tesla Superchargers will be included in this capability. This development is significant, especially considering that General Motors previously cited charging route planning as a major reason for excluding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from its EVs, making Ford’s move even more noteworthy.

Ford emphasized that Tesla determines the pricing for charging, leaving uncertainty about whether Ford owners will face higher electricity costs. Unfortunately, Tesla’s policy of not engaging with the press in North America means there’s no direct comment available from them. Ford officials speculated that charging prices might align with those experienced by Magic Dock users, but this remains unconfirmed at present.

It’s worth noting that the older V2 Superchargers, which were limited to 150kW charging speeds, are not compatible with this process. However, given that the faster V3 Superchargers have been in operation since 2019 and the enhanced V4 Superchargers started rolling out last year, this inconvenience may be minimal.

Additionally, Ford clarified that the adapters are designed for DC fast-charging exclusively; they are not compatible with Tesla’s NACS-equipped slower destination chargers, which operate on AC power.

Today Marks the Dawn of the NACS Era

The dawn of the NACS era marks a significant milestone for Ford EV owners and signals the gradual takeover of Tesla’s plug—now standardized as the SAE J3400—in North American charging infrastructure. This transition not only alleviates range anxiety for Ford drivers but also introduces a sleeker, more efficient plug design that grants access to Tesla’s extensive charging network.

Ford initiated this transition last May with the announcement of forthcoming adapters, paving the way for native NACS plugs in their vehicles from 2025 onwards. Following Ford’s lead, numerous other automakers have announced similar plans, indicating a collective frustration with the shortcomings of existing charging networks.

The lack of accessible public fast charging has been a notable barrier to widespread EV adoption, despite the majority of owners primarily charging at home. Automakers initially anticipated the emergence of charging networks akin to traditional gas stations; however, the reality proved otherwise. Consequently, many automakers are now taking matters into their own hands by developing their own charging networks.

Opening up Tesla’s charging network is poised to address some of these challenges, leveraging its widespread availability, reliability, and seamless user experience. Additionally, this move could serve as a substantial revenue stream for Tesla, potentially amounting to $20 billion by 2030.

However, while this development holds promise for Ford EV owners, it’s not without its potential hurdles. Compatibility issues between the cars and chargers may surface over time, and the increased influx of EVs at Tesla Supercharger stations could lead to longer wait times, despite ongoing station expansions.

Nevertheless, this shift signifies a significant step towards standardization and advancement in the North American EV charging landscape. The true impact will become more evident as vehicles adopt the Tesla plug format as a factory standard. For now, Ford’s EV owners can anticipate a smoother road trip experience with fewer charging-related headaches.

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