Ford and Tesla Announced Biggest Electric Vehicle News in Years
Ford and Tesla have announced a partnership on electric vehicle charging where Ford EVs will have access to more than 12,000 Superchargers in North America and future Ford EVs will adopt the Tesla plug, effectively doubling the fast chargers available to Ford EV users and one of the most consequential developments for North American EV users in years.
One of the biggest issues with the EV situation in the U.S. has been the charging networks. I say “networks” because there are two: the Supercharger network for Teslas which are numerous and functional, and the hodgepodge of third-party chargers for every other car, which is less numerous and riddled with bugs. These networks have been totally separate. They use different physical plugs (Tesla plugs versus the Combined Charging System or CCS) and also different chargers and software. Elon Musk has given lip service over the years to opening up the Tesla network but hasn’t really done it until legislation in both the U.S. and Europe nudged him. The Inflation Reduction Act opened up a huge pot of subsidies for Tesla as long as its chargers worked with all vehicles.