Ford presents 'North America’s largest electric vehicle charging network'
Ford announced that its all-electric vehicle charging strategy features comprehensive at-home charging options and the nation’s largest network of public charging stations, including DC fast charging. In addition, with both at-home and on-the-go charging powered by the FordPass app and in-vehicle screen, the company says that many customer concerns surrounding electric vehicle ownership are being addressed.
“Among people who already own or want to purchase electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, 48% say that a lack of charging stations is one of their main concerns,” said Ted Cannis, Ford Director of Global Electrification. “By offering industry-leading charging access, we are dismantling those barriers, allowing more customers to confidently enjoy the benefits of owning an electric vehicle.”
The company's 48-amp Ford Connected Charge Station is designed to enable full control, no matter where customers are. It can reportedly fully power a vehicle overnight while they sleep, adding an estimated average range of 32 mi (51 km) per charging hour.
Ford says that all of its all-electric vehicles will come standard with a Ford Mobile Charger. It can charge on a higher-voltage 240-volt electrical outlet often used for large household appliances like a clothes dryer, which can add an estimated range of 22 mi (35 km) per charging hour. Should customers ever need to use a standard 120-volt electrical outlet, that’s possible too and will result in an average range of 3 mi (4.8 km) per charging hour, according to the company.
Ford has also teamed up with Amazon Home Services to offer installation of home charging setups. The company says that if its customers need a 240-volt outlet installed or they choose the Ford Connected Charge Station option, they will be able to see upfront pricing estimates and schedule a licensed and vetted electrician online.
Ford says it is providing two years of complimentary access to the FordPass Charging Network. The FordPass Charging Network includes more than 12,000 charging stations with more than 35,000 plugs.
The company says it is working with Greenlots to bring together multiple charging providers to develop the FordPass Charging Network, making it easier for customers to find and pay for charging, through FordPass or their vehicle’s screen. Ford will work with Greenlots to explore adding additional networks to the FordPass Charging Network in the future for even further coverage. Starting in 2020 with the all-new Mustang-inspired SUV [with targeted EPA-estimated range of 300 mi (483 km)], this program aims to allow future Ford all-electric drivers to charge seamlessly across all the major charging networks in the U.S. and select regions in Canada.
While all chargers participating in this program will be networked together for Ford customers, the operation and maintenance of each specific station will remain within the responsibility of each individual infrastructure provider. All participating Greenlots chargers will be connected to the company's SKY EV Charging Network Software that balances grid demand and enables station owners to integrate renewable energy and storage assets onsite.
In collaboration with Electrify America, the FordPass Charging Network will provide access to DC fast chargers. At a 150-kW charger, customers can add an estimated 47 mi (76 km) of range in 10 minutes and expect to return most of their vehicle’s charge in about the same time it takes them to grab a fast-casual meal.
For longer trips, customers can charge their battery from 10% to 80% full charge in 45 minutes using an Electrify America DC fast charger.
Electrify America expects to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging station sites with about 3500 chargers by December 2021. The company will expand to 45 states and the District of Columbia, including two cross-country routes and 29 major metros.
“The fact that most of our customers will plug in at home is a key advantage to an all-electric vehicle,” said Matt Stover, Ford Director of Charging, Energy Services, and Business Development. “We will deliver a charging experience that is hassle-free whether you’re at home or on-the-go.”
Ford says it will keep electric vehicle drivers fully connected, whether charging at home or on the road, through the FordPass app. Customers can set charging schedules and alerts at home and pre-condition their vehicle before they drive. A key feature within FordPass, and available through a vehicle’s on-screen dashboard, is FordPass Power My Trip, a tool designed to remove the hassles of trip planning by considering the vehicle’s current state of charge and identifying charging points along each route.
FordPass or the vehicle’s onscreen dashboard will tell a customer whether a charging outlet is available or in use (if data is made available by a charge point operator). FordPass will also identify points of interest—such as restaurants or shopping centers—to make the most of customers’ time while charging their vehicle on the go.
Ford is investing $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles through 2022 and is focused on the customer journey from end to end, including education ahead of purchase, and an easy shopping and ownership experience.