Ford CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk together on Thursday announced that Ford is planning to shift to Tesla’s charging interface—and the superior fast-charging experience of Tesla Superchargers—starting with its next-generation EVs in 2025.
Those next-generation models will have the familiar Tesla port, called North American Charging Standard (NACS), built in, with charging at Tesla Supercharger stations requiring no adapter.
As new Ford EVs are introduced, it will be abandoning the CCS standard in the U.S. completely. When asked whether next-generation Ford EVs will have the CCS port, Ford replied: “Gen 2 EVs with the NACS port will have the option of charging at CCS chargers via an adapter.“
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
In the meantime, Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E, and E-Transit vehicles that have the Combined Charging System (CCS) port will be able to charge at Tesla Superchargers, too, with a Tesla-developed adapter that will be in production early next year.
“We’re totally committed to the NACS interface itself going forward,” said Farley, on a Twitter Spaces chat with Musk that served as the reveal stage for the announcement.
“This is a really big deal for our customers, added Farley, who pointed to the ease of use of the connector and the reliability of it.
Tesla Supercharger connector – now called NACS
Fast-charging will be enabled by a different piece of hardware available for Ford vehicles than the Magic Dock supplied for CCS vehicles at some Supercharger stations. The charge rate for Ford EVs will not be limited at Supercharger stations, Musk assured, noting that these models will charge at “whatever the physical limit is.”
“We’ll make sure that the adapter is not the limiting factor,” clarified Musk.
This story is evolving and will be updated.