GM's electric vehicles will gain access to Tesla's vast charging network

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DETROIT - Electric vehicles made by General Motors will be able to use much of Tesla's vast charging network starting early next year. 

In addition, GM will adopt Tesla's connector, the plug that links an electric vehicle to a charging station. 

GM joins Ford in shifting its vehicles to about 12,000 of Tesla's chargers, and both Detroit automakers are pushing to make Tesla's connector the industry standard. 

GM CEO Mary Barra and her Tesla counterpart, Elon Musk, made the announcement during a Twitter Spaces conversation. 

Their discussion comes two weeks after Ford CEO Jim Farley joined Musk to announce that Ford's electric vehicles would gain access to much of Tesla's EV-charging network, the largest in the nation.