Ford Will Integrate Tesla’s Charging Ports Into New EVs

“Ford Plans Integration of Tesla’s Charging Ports in Upcoming Electric Vehicles

In a significant industry move, Ford has revealed its intention to incorporate Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) port into its upcoming electric vehicle (EV) lineup. This implementation will be phased in over the next two years, beginning with adapters for existing vehicles in 2024 and eventually transitioning to the direct integration of NACS ports in select new models by 2025.

Tesla Troubles

While Tesla has been allowing other automakers access to the NACS port since November 2022, Ford’s approach sets it apart as the first company to fully integrate with this port standard. This strategic decision follows Tesla’s earlier announcement of opening up 7500 of its superchargers for use by other non-Tesla EV brands by the close of 2024. This means that Ford’s adoption of the NACS technology is not the exclusive method for non-Tesla EVs to utilize Tesla’s charging infrastructure.

At present, Ford has not officially indicated whether the direct integration of NACS ports onto new vehicles would entail the removal of the existing Combined Charging System (CCS) ports. It’s worth noting that both incorporating two types of charging ports and phasing out CCS in favor of NACS would mark unprecedented developments for a non-Tesla brand.

Tesla’s Supercharger network, a network of Tesla-owned rapid chargers, has emerged as a significant asset for the brand over the past decade. By extending access to manufacturers like Ford, Tesla is potentially relinquishing some exclusivity for its own vehicles while simultaneously exploring avenues to generate revenue from the increasing number of EVs on the road from various other manufacturers. With the introduction of adapters for existing Ford owners, the prospective integration of NACS ports in future Ford models, and plans to integrate CCS chargers for other brands into existing Tesla charging stations, the era of exclusive supercharger access appears to be on the brink of transformation.”

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