Ford to introduce electric vehicle charging network in US

Ford has announced it is developing an all-electric vehicle charging strategy featuring comprehensive at-home charging options and the largest network of public charging stations, including DC fast charging, in the US.

Ford is working with Greenlots – a member of the Shell Group working in EV charging and energy management solutions – to bring together multiple charging providers to develop the FordPass Charging Network, with the aim of making it simple for customers to find and pay for charging through the FordPass app or their vehicle’s screen. Ford says it 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. At a 150-kilowatt charger, customers can add an estimated 75km of range in 10 minutes. For longer trips, customers can charge their battery from 10 per cent to 80 per cent full charge in 45 minutes using an Electrify America DC fast charger.

Ford is also providing two years of complimentary access to the FordPass Charging Network, allowing for pay-as-you-drive charging at more than 12,000 charging stations with more than 35,000 plugs.

Every Ford all-electric vehicle will come standard with a Ford Mobile Charger capable of charging on a higher-voltage 240-volt electrical outlet which can add an estimated range of 36km per charging hour. Should customers ever need to use a standard 120-volt electrical outlet, that’s possible too.

There’s also a Ford Connected Charge Station available. The 48-amp station can fully power a vehicle overnight adding an estimated average range of 52km per charging hour.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Nov 2019)

7 Nov 2019