Ford Partners With Electrify America, Others For EV Charging Network

Daniel Fowler
October 19, 2019

But as Ford approaches the launch of the first of its line of upcoming EV products - the Mustang-inspired "Mach-E" SUV rumoured to be debuting soon - it's promising to provide Ford drivers with access to a collection of over 12,000 public charging stations. It partnered with EV charging software firm Greenlots (a subsidiary of Shell), Electrify America (the largest network of EV charging stations in the US), and other third-party networks to provide universal access for customers. And in Europe, several manufacturers including BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes, and Ford have joined forces to create the Ionity network across Europe.

In a separate press statement, Ford says it plans to give its electric auto customers access to more charging locations than any other manufacturer.

Ford expects this network to have more than 12,000 charging locations with more than 35,000 plugs, or more than double Tesla's footprint.

Ford has put together what it says is the biggest network for charging electric vehicles in North America. With its DC fast-charger, Ford drivers will be able to charge from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in 45 minutes.

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"The fact that most of our customers will plug in at home is a key advantage to an all-electric vehicle", said in a statement Matt Stover, Ford director of charging, energy services and business development.

Ford found that, among those who own or want to purchase plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles, 48 percent said that the lack of charging stations was one of their main concerns-so it's addressing that directly, with a network it's naming FordPass. A Power My Trip feature, available through the app and in the vehicle dash, will harmonize the route and planned charging points, based on current state of charge-and it will also include charger occupancy along the route.

Either through the FordPass app or directly from the vehicle's infotainment system, owners will be able to set charging schedules at home, pre-condition their vehicle's cabin, and plan trips, with those commercial chargers identified along the route.

Each electric vehicle sold from next year will come with a Ford Mobile Charger that can run on either 120 or 240 volts. Maybe senior executives at both companies are hoping against hope they never have to actually sell more than a token amount of those damned EVs.

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