Ford CEO Jim Farley shares insights on Tesla NACS adoption ⚡🚗
Just a few weeks back, Jim Farley, the big boss at Ford, embarked on an awe-inspiring 1,100-mile road trip to witness the exciting electric vehicle revolution firsthand. His journey kicked off in sunny Silicon Valley, made a pit stop in vibrant Los Angeles, and wrapped up with a flourish in the dazzling city of Las Vegas. But here’s the coolest part – along his adventure, Farley got to mingle with a bunch of electric vehicle enthusiasts, including rockstar Tesla drivers and hardcore EV advocates.
One of these cool cats was none other than Ryan Levenson. He’s not just a regular EV owner, but also the genius behind The Kilowatts – a brand all about clean energy and even renting out EVs. These two had a real chat at the scenic Laguna Seca. What did they chat about? Oh, just the fact that Farley is all smiles about Ford teaming up with Tesla. Thanks to this partnership, every single Ford crew member now has this nifty adapter and a smart app to plug right into Tesla’s Supercharger Network. Talk about power-packed teamwork! 💪⚡
But wait, there’s more! Farley dished out some tasty tidbits about why Ford gave a thumbs-up to Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS). That decision by Ford lit up the path for others to follow, like the superstar GM. Farley spilled the beans that this choice wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing. Nope, it was like the result of a brainstorming session, a bit of soul-searching, and some serious appreciation for Tesla’s charging standard.
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And here’s where it gets interesting – Farley took us on a journey through time, revealing how these discussions started more than a year ago. They were all about plugs – yeah, those nifty things that give life to your EV. They noticed that sometimes plugs got cranky and caused some hiccups. But guess what? Tesla’s plug design seemed like the superhero solution – it was tougher and smarter. So, they rang up Tesla and said, ‘Hey, let’s make charging even better for everyone!’ These talks took a break but got a second wind when certain laws got the green light. Basically, if Tesla went with a standard charging solution, they could tap into some federal funds to supercharge their Supercharger Network. And guess what else? Ford had climbed up to number two in US EV sales. That’s when the ‘no-brainer’ lightbulb switched on – adopting NACS was the way to go!
Wanna dive deep into this electrifying chat? Check out the video below by The Kilowatts! It’s like getting a backstage pass to the future of EVs. 🎤🔌”