Ford sellers, as a part of a collection of requirements as a way to promote future EVs, are required to construct a lot of charging stations. A spokesman mentioned Thursday’s announcement doesn’t change these necessities.

“The Mannequin e program was developed in session with our sellers and is designed to offer the best-in-class buyer expertise,” the spokesperson mentioned. “The tools outlined within the present Charging Requirements absolutely helps Ford’s current CCS BEV choices, and when utilized in mixture with a NACS-to-CCS adapter, will help future Ford autos outfitted with the Tesla NACS inlet port.”

It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not the vendor could be required to offer the adapter or if the shopper could be liable for bringing their very own.

“Tesla has led the trade in creating a big, dependable and environment friendly charging system and we’re happy to have the ability to be a part of forces in a approach that advantages clients and total EV adoption,” Marin Gjaja, chief buyer officer, Ford Mannequin e, mentioned in a press release. “The Tesla Supercharger community has wonderful reliability and the NACS plug is smaller and lighter. General, this offers a superior expertise for purchasers.”

Talking on CNBC Friday, Farley mentioned he thinks Tesla’s NACS ports might change into the trade customary based mostly off their ease of use and that different rivals would possibly comply with Ford’s lead.

“The usual will likely be, who takes care of consumers the most effective,” Farley mentioned. “I feel GM and others could have a large choice to make.”

Growing appreciation

Farley mentioned he developed an appreciation for Tesla’s charging community whereas on a household trip final yr.

“My children stored taking a look at me and going, ‘Hey, Dad, there’s one other Supercharger. Can we cease there?’ and I used to be like, ‘No, we have now to go right here behind this different constructing,’” he mentioned. “It grew to become apparent to me the job [Musk’s] crew had accomplished and what it means to clients.”

Musk and Farley, who had as many as 115,000 listeners on their Thursday night announcement, mentioned they’d proceed to discover methods to collaborate to extend EV adoption.

The tie-up is notable given the pair’s typically chippy previous.

Farley and Ford are recognized to take jabs at Musk and Tesla in speeches, on Twitter and in commercials.

For instance, when Ford launched its BlueCruise driver-assist know-how, Farley tweeted: “We examined it in the actual world, so our clients don’t must” — a shot at Tesla’s Autopilot know-how.

Musk clapped again with a video snippet of the film Tommy Boy, that includes Farley’s late cousin comic Chris Farley in an out-of-control driving scene. He tweeted that he “discovered some footage” of Ford testing out BlueCruise.

One in all Ford’s current commercials made enjoyable of those that “fly away on their very own private house ships when issues get laborious,” a reference to Musk and different billionaires’ makes an attempt at industrial house endeavors.

And Ford public relations individuals are fast to level out that Tesla’s customer support vans are sometimes gasoline-powered Ford Transits.

However on Thursday night, the 2 CEOs have been complimentary of one another.

“It’s tremendous laborious what Tesla’s accomplished,” Farley mentioned. “I completely respect them to try this, to make a completely software-updatable car.”

Ford shares rose 7.7 p.c to $12.26 in Friday morning buying and selling.