Tesla’s Charging Network Is Now Open to Other EVs—and Ford Is First in Line | EUROtoday

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Every six months, the automotive analysis firm JD Power surveys some 5,000 US electrical automobile house owners about their experiences driving their battery-powered vehicles. The newest version of this survey, out this week, discovered that EV’s perennial bugbear continues to be bugbear-ing. In truth, it’s bought worse: Drivers say they’re even extra dissatisfied with the supply of public charging stations than they had been a 12 months in the past.

In North America, further charging stations are on their method, thanks partly to a US federally funded program that seeks to get no less than half 1,000,000 extra within the floor by 2030. But on this messy center interval, automakers have give you one other resolution: Let Tesla maintain it.

Tesla has probably the most widespread and reliable charging community within the United States. (In truth, the brand new survey discovered that upscale EV drivers usually tend to be proud of public charging—and nearly all of them drive Teslas.) It additionally has a novel charging plug, known as the North American Charging Standard. Nearly each international automaker has now pledged so as to add that plug to its electrical autos, permitting its drivers to faucet into the Tesla charging community.

Ford piloted the “let Tesla take care of it” mannequin final May when it introduced it could undertake that plug. Its EVs will include the connector normal by 2025. And beginning immediately, present drivers of the Mach-E Mustang and Lightning pick-up truck house owners will get entry to a hearty chunk of Tesla’s supercharger community, courtesy of free adapters that they’ll now order off an internet site Ford simply launched. The adapters shall be free of charge between now and July; after that, they’ll retail for $230, Ford says. The firm expects the adapters to start transport in late March.

Tesla Saves Best New Chargers For Its Own

Ford F150 truck charging at a Tesla Supercharger

Yes, Ford drivers can now use Tesla Superchargers, however Elon Musk’s EV firm has reserved a choose few newer ones for its drivers solely.

Courtesy of Ford

Ford usually surveys its personal drivers and “their main pain points have to do with public charging,” Ken Williams, the automaker’s director of charging and vitality providers, stated on a name with reporters this week. The adapter will give Ford drivers entry to fifteen,000 new chargers, bringing the overall as much as 126,000 chargers and greater than 28,000 quick chargers throughout the US and Canada. (That doesn’t embrace each charger within the Tesla community; Ford drivers gained’t get entry to older Tesla charging stations, and Tesla has reserved a choose few newer ones for its drivers solely.) Drivers will be capable to entry and pay to cost on the stations by Ford’s app.