The original owners of the F-150 Lightning shared images online of an adapter supplied with their pickup truck, allowing them to charge a Tesla. Ford Motor Co. F-150 Lightning electric pickups are ready to help any Tesla driver who needs recharging.
The original owners of the model, which outpaced Cybertrack in the market, shared online images of an adapter supplied with their pickup truck, allowing them to charge a Tesla using its own charging connectors. When an electric car enthusiast blog wrote this week that Ford seemed to be trolling its competitor, CEO Jim Farley assured his social media followers that the automaker was positive.
“Not trolling. It’s just useful,” the top manager said in a statement.
Giving electric vehicles the ability to both take and provide a charge can help utilities cope with peaks in demand and even allow their owners to sell electricity back to the grid.
According to BloombergNEF estimates, Tesla boasts the second-largest publicly available charging network in the U.S. with 19% of all connectors and dominates the fast and superfast segments with more than half of these connectors in the country. Drew Baglino, Tesla’s senior vice president of powertrains and energy, said in October that the company plans to triple the size of its network of charging stations over the next two years.