Ford to Offer Free Tesla Supercharger Adapters to North American EV Owners

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Ford electric vehicle owners can already charge at some Tesla Supercharger stations, but this spring, that number of available chargers is set to massively expand. Until Ford switches its charging ports to the North American Charging Standard (NACS), its EVs will still need adapters to work with Tesla’s equipment. Fortunately, Ford is giving them away for free to any North American customer who orders one by June 30th. This makes Ford the first automaker to offer factory adapters for Tesla charging stations.

Eligible Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning owners

“I’m proud that Ford is the first to offer this access to our customers,” said Ford CEO Jim Farley in a recent Twitter post. “With Tesla Superchargers added to the Ford BlueOval Charge Network, it more than doubles the number of fast chargers available to them. And combined with Plug & Charge, there’s no need for additional apps to start charging.”

When Ford says that Tesla Superchargers will be added to the “Ford BlueOval Charge Network,” it’s not just marketing. Since the Superchargers are now part of the Ford brand, customers won’t need a separate charging account or credit card. They’ll simply plug in, charge, and pay using the FordPass app just like they would at any other station.

Up until now, charging a non-Tesla EV at a Supercharger location required using a charger with Tesla’s relatively new “Magic Dock” interface, which is built into the charging station. Otherwise, third-party adapters were required, and even then, not every Supercharger was compatible. Ford is the first automaker to give its customers a factory adapter, though it surely won’t be the last. At this point, every major automaker that sells vehicles in North America is transitioning to NACS and will likely provide similar hardware for their customers in the coming months and years.

Any owner of a 2021-2024 Ford EV in the United States or Canada can get the adapter for free if they claim one by June 30th. 

Anyone who orders after June 30th will have to pay $230. You can reserve yours at a dedicated Ford website. At this time, the automaker isn’t sharing a timeline for when the first free adapters will be available, thought it did say that it will be fulfilling orders on a “first-come, first-served” basis and that wait times are expected to vary.

This is a major move for Ford and for the EV industry as a whole. It makes charging a non-Tesla EV at a Supercharger station much more convenient and affordable, and it’s a sign that the auto industry is moving towards a more standardized charging infrastructure. I expect to see more automakers follow Ford’s lead in the coming years.

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