Ford Makes a Brilliant Move by Embracing Tesla Charging

An Advantageous Move for Ford

Ford recently revealed its decision to embrace Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its electric vehicles (EVs) starting in 2025. This surprising move marks a significant shift for Ford, demonstrating its willingness to embrace a competitive advantage rather than trying to replicate it. This move acknowledges the immense investment and effort required to establish a nationwide charging network like Tesla’s.

The Rise of the NACS

The Rise of the NACS

The NACS, originally pioneered by Tesla in 2012 with the launch of the Model S, has become the gold standard for EV charging. In 2022, Tesla opened up the electrical and mechanical interface of its charging system to other manufacturers, renaming it NACS. With over a decade of use and 20 billion EV charging miles to its name, the Tesla charging connector has proven itself as the most reliable in North America. It boasts a compact size, twice the power of Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors, and a significantly higher number of charging posts.

Ford’s Adoption of the NACS

Ford’s decision to adopt the NACS for its EVs signifies its recognition of Tesla’s charging infrastructure as the benchmark in the industry. Ford CEO Jim Farley announced during a Twitter Spaces event that starting in early 2024, Ford EVs will be compatible with the Tesla Supercharger network through NACS to CCS adapters. Moreover, by 2025, Ford EVs will come equipped with NACS hardware and software, providing a seamless charging experience.

Addressing Infrastructure Issues

Ford’s move to embrace the NACS and utilize the Tesla Supercharger network is a strategic response to the challenges faced by the current charging infrastructure in the US. Farley has expressed his concerns about the inadequacy and inconsistency of charging networks outside of Tesla. He emphasized the lack of high-speed chargers, the absence of quality metrics, the inability to reserve charging stations, and inconvenient locations.

Creating an Excellent Charging Experience

Creating an Excellent Charging Experience

Ford’s decision to join forces with Tesla highlights the need for other EV manufacturers to prioritize the charging experience. Luxury brands, in particular, must ensure that the charging infrastructure aligns with the premium experience they usually offer their customers. While Tesla’s Supercharger network leads the industry, there is still room for improvement in terms of overall user experience. Charging networks, including Tesla’s, should aim to provide functional and fast chargers in safe, well-lit locations. Additionally, they should provide amenities such as protection from the elements, clean restroom facilities, and trash and recycling bins.

Washing More Than 30 Years of Dirt Off a Million-dollar Car

The Bizzarrini P538 was launched late in 1965 as a rear-engined race car by Scuderia Bizzarrini. There were up to 5 of these cars made in the whole world, which makes it a rare find, today. This car is presumed to be a car worth close to a million dollars, depending on its condition.

The Bizzarrini P538 - a million-dollar car
Washing More Than 30 Years of Dirt Off a Million-dollar Car

A Million-Dollar Barn Find

The car was a “barn find” for Ammo NYC who details and restores cars. A “barn find” is a term that is used for finding a vehicle that has been sitting for an extended period of time whether it be months, years, or decades. They can be stored in a barn, field, or warehouses.

Ammo NYC is a company based out of New York that focuses on detailing and detailing products. They have a YouTube page where they often post videos of their detailing projects for their millions of subscribers. The videos typically range from large detailing jobs, car-care tips, and more.

One of Ammo NYC’s latest projects was taking viewers into a secret collection to detail a million-dollar Bizzarrini P538 that has been sitting for more than 30 years. In the building itself, there are hundreds of jaw-dropping vehicles. The building is only one of three for the owner who wished to remain anonymous. From American muscle cars to race cars and even classic Italian exotics.

The Detailing and Restoration Process

Larry Kosilla is the proprietor who takes us through the detailing process of the million-dollar Bizzarrini. Throughout the job, Kosilla gave out tips on how to thoroughly detail the vehicle while still protecting its delicate features.

The Bizzarrini P538 Restoration Process
Washing More Than 30 Years of Dirt Off a Million-dollar Car

The Bizzarini had not been moved or maintained in 32 years, which left a large amount of dust and dirt on it. Kosilla used numerous professional-grade techniques to bring the vehicle back to life and ready to be auctioned or sold by the owner.