Jim Farley and Elon Musk
DETROIT – Ford Motor will partner with Tesla on several charging initiatives for its current and future electric vehicles in an unusual tie-up between the two rivals, CEOs of the automakers announced Thursday.
The deal will see current Ford owners granted access to 50% of Tesla’s coveted Supercharger network. It will also see Ford’s next-generation of EVs — expected by mid-decade — include Tesla’s charging plug. The design will allow owners of forthcoming Ford vehicles to charge at Tesla superchargers without an adaptor, making Ford the first automaker to explicitly tie into the network.
The initiatives were announced by Ford CEO Jim Farley and Tesla CEO Elon Musk during a live, audio discussion on Twitter, which Musk currently leads. The CEOs announced the surprise discussion earlier in the afternoon.
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