Detroit All of Ford Motor Co.’s current and future electric vehicles will have access to 12,000 Tesla stations across the United States and Canada beginning early next year.
Ford CEO Jim Farley and his Tesla counterpart Elon Musk announced the deal Thursday in an audio session on the Twitter Spaces feature.
“We believe this is a breakthrough for our industry and for all electric vehicle consumers.”Farley said.
Musk noted that he didn’t want Tesla’s network to be a “walled garden” and wanted to use it to support sustainable transportation.
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“Our intention is to do everything we can to support Ford and what Ford is playing on the field in Tesla Superchargers.”said the mosquito.
Farley said the measure would cost owners of the vehicles, possibly a monthly subscription, but he did not give any specifics. No details of any financial deal between Ford and Tesla have been announced.
Initially, Ford’s current electric vehicles will need an adapter to connect to Tesla’s charging stations, which have their own connector. But Ford will switch to a standard North American charging connector starting with the second generation of electric vehicles in 2015. Farley explained.
The Ford CEO added that Tesla Superchargers have the best location.
“We love places. We love trust,” he commented. They will add Ford’s own network of Blue Oval bowls, which has about 10,000 fast-track stations, according to Farley.
Ford EV owners will be able to access the Tesla charger through the Ford app, Musk explained.
Tesla has approximately 17,000 Supercharger stations USA. Currently, there are about 54,000 public charging stations available across the country according to the Department of Energy, but many of them operate much more slowly than Tesla stations.
It is currently unknown how the agreement between Ford and Tesla will affect the plan to make all electric vehicles available as part of Tesla’s electronic network.