Ford introduces largest EV charging network in North America | IDTechEx Research Article

Ford introduces largest EV charging network in North America | IDTechEx Research Article

Ford is providing easy access to more electric vehicle public charging stations in North America than any other automaker, Ford will make it easier for customers to find a place to charge when the company starts delivering new models next year.

Ford introduces largest EV charging network in North America
Ford is giving future all-electric vehicle customers the confidence to enjoy a hassle-free electric lifestyle. By providing easy access to more electric vehicle public charging stations in North America than any other automaker, Ford will make it easier for customers to find a place to charge when the company starts delivering new models next year. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 2019-2029: Forecast, Technologies and Players.
 
The Ford 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. And with both at-home and on-the-go charging powered by the FordPass app and in-vehicle screen, many customer hesitancies surrounding electric vehicle ownership are being addressed.
 
"Among people who already own or want to purchase electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, 48 percent 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."
 
Ford has made EV home charging as easy as charging a smartphone, which is where most all-electric vehicle drivers currently charge.
 
Many Ford customers will choose an available Ford Connected Charge Station. Loaded with connectivity features, the higher powered 48-amp Ford Connected Charge Station enables full control no matter where customers are. It can fully power a vehicle overnight while they sleep, adding an estimated average range of 32 miles per charging hour.
 
Every Ford all-electric vehicle will come standard with a Ford Mobile Charger. It's capable of charging 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 miles 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 three miles per charging hour.
 
To make life easier, Ford has teamed up with Amazon Home Services to offer installation of home charging setups. Whether Ford customers need a 240-volt outlet installed or you 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 is providing two years of complimentary access to North America's largest network - the FordPass Charging Network - for easy and convenient pay-as-you-drive charging. The FordPass Charging Network includes more than 12,000 charging stations with more than 35,000 plugs, making public chargers as common as some of the most popular pharmacy or coffee chains. Ford is working with Greenlots to bring together multiple charging providers to develop the FordPass Charging Network, making it easy for customers to find and pay for charging all 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.
 
In collaboration with Electrify America, the FordPass Charging Network will provide access to DC fast chargers, where charging an all-electric vehicle takes minutes, not hours. At a 150-kilowatt charger, customers can add an estimated 47 miles 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 percent to 80 percent full charge in 45 minutes using an Electrify America DC fast charger.
 
"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 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 easily 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 that makes trip planning hassle-free by considering the vehicle's current state of charge and identifying charging points along each route.
 
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.
 
Source and top image: Ford