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How to Charge a Ford EV on a Tesla Supercharger 

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Embracing Electric Mobility: Ford Meets Tesla 

As the landscape of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to evolve, the ability to charge quickly and efficiently remains a pivotal aspect of the electric driving experience. For Ford EV owners, there’s exciting changes that have been happening to enhance their charging options significantly. Ford has announced that its electric vehicles can now utilize Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network, thanks to the North American Charging Standard. (NACS) adapter. Future Ford Electric vehicles will come with a NACS port eliminating the need for an adapter. This development is not just a step forward in technology but also a leap towards a more unified electric vehicle infrastructure. 

Understanding Tesla Superchargers 

Before diving into the specifics of how a Ford EV can connect to a Tesla Supercharger, let’s understand what makes Tesla’s charging stations stand out. Tesla Superchargers are renowned for their rapid charging capabilities, significantly reducing the time drivers spend waiting for their vehicles to charge. This network has been primarily exclusive to Tesla vehicles until recent advancements allowed for a more inclusive approach. 

The NACS Adapter: Bridging the Gap 

The key to unlocking Tesla’s Supercharger network for Ford EVs is the NACS (North American Charging Standard) adapter. This device acts as a bridge between the charging port on a Ford electric vehicle and the connector used by Tesla chargers. With this adapter, Ford EV owners can tap into the vast network of over 15,000+ Supercharger stations across North America. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Charging Your Ford EV at a Tesla Supercharger 

  1. Acquire an NACS Adapter: To begin, Ford EV owners will need to purchase or reserve an NACS adapter. This adapter is expected to be available through Ford dealerships and other third-party retailers. Ensure you have the correct model that is compatible with your vehicle. Ford is thanking its electric vehicle customers by saying the fast-charging adapter is available at no cost to new and existing customers in the Blue Oval charging network through June 30, 2024. View the Ford press release here.
  2. Locate a Tesla Supercharger: Use Fords touch screen or you can use the FordPass App or public charging app to find the nearest Supercharger station. “Using third-party search tools may not accurately filter incompatible stations. “
  3. Connect Your Ford EV: Once at the Supercharger station, connect the NACS adapter to your Ford’s charging port, then attach the Tesla connector to the adapter. It’s a simple plug-and-play operation that requires no technical expertise.
  4. Initiate the Charging Session: The charging process should start automatically once the connection is secure. Tesla’s interface will provide details about the charging speed, time remaining, and cost of the session.
  5. Monitor Your Charge: It’s important to keep an eye on the charging progress. Tesla Superchargers can fill up your battery much faster than standard chargers, so it may take less time than you expect.
  6. Disconnect and Go: When your battery is sufficiently charged, disconnect the Tesla connector, remove your NACS adapter, and you are ready to hit the road again.

Why This Matters for Ford EV Owners 

For current and prospective Ford EV owners, the ability to use Tesla Superchargers is a game-changer. It dramatically expands the charging infrastructure, making long-distance travel more feasible and reducing range anxiety. Additionally, it underscores the industry’s move towards more standardized solutions that benefit all EV owners, not just those who drive a particular brand. 

Electric Vehicle: A Smart Choice for New and Used Car Shoppers 

Whether you’re in the market for a new car or a used car, considering an electric vehicle like a Ford EV can be a wise choice. With developments such as the NACS adapter, the practicality of owning an EV increases, making them a compelling option for car shopping. If you’re interested in exploring our inventory of new and used electric vehicles, visit us at Ontario Auto Center. 


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