Ford has been chastised for allegedly copying Tesla’s supercharger design.
When Ford’s (F) electric vehicle charging stations were discovered at a dealership, EV supporters pounced, accusing the company of copying the design of Tesla’s (TSLA) Superchargers.
One Twitter user uploaded a snapshot of Ford’s charging stations, pointing out that they were now available at a location in Dover, Delaware, and dubbing it a Supercharger – the same moniker that Tesla uses for its charging station by remarking on the competitor’s similarities.
Take a peek!! At a Ford dealer in Dover, DE, a new Supercharger is now open!! pic.twitter.com/FhCazxFZ3y Ford is constructing Level 2 AC charging stations, while Tesla is deploying Superchargers, a chain of DC fast chargers.
“The saddest part is that these are just fancy looking Level 2 AC chargers,” one Twitter user said about the gap in charging capability between Ford and Tesla charging stations.
The worst part is that these are only fancy looking Level 2 AC chargers, not Level 3 DC Fast Chargers. _Other Tesla aficionados quickly joined in on the Ford criticism.
The Ford charging station was dubbed a “knock-off” design by one Twitter user, Javier Verdura, who claims to be a director of product design at Tesla.
And by fancy, you mean a deceptive, overly big, badly produced copy of our design.
Another Tesla admirer blasted Ford’s “copycat” design, calling it “shameless.”
Take a look at those Ford Chargers…
To mimic the design of your direct competition, you must have no pride or very little…shameless!
When leading the group or innovating isn’t your thing…
But, seriously, Ford?
“Could they look more like Tesla’s if they tried?” questioned another social media post.
Could they, if they tried, look more like Tesla’s?
Another person commented that the supercharger appeared to have been ordered from “Wish.” When you order a supercharger from Wish,
Tesla has a global network of over 20,000 Superchargers, whereas Ford is just getting its charging network up and running as it prepares to introduce the electrified F-150 Lightning pickup truck in 2022 and supply more Mustang Mach Es.
Ford shares were trading at $20.25, up 5 cents, or 0.22 percent, as of 11:26 a.m. EST on Wednesday, while Tesla shares were trading at $1,122.89, up $13.86, or 1.25 percent.