Ford Announces Largest EV Charging Network In North America

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It’s not enough to build an EV that people may want, like the Mach-E that is expected to debut next month. An EV also needs an extensive and robust charging network to help ease fears of running out of power for car shoppers considering a move to an EV. Ford has announced that it has provided “easy access” to the largest network of charging stations in North America, including DC fast-charging locations.

Ford’s EV buyers will also have access to at-home charging options and on-the-go charging options via the FordPass app and in-vehicle screen. Ford says that many of its EV buyers will choose an available Ford Connected Charge Station that is “loaded with connectivity features.” The charge station is a 48-amp unit that allows customers full control over their charging no matter where they are. The charger promises overnight charging for Ford EVs and plug-in hybrids with a charge rate of 32 miles per hour.

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All Ford all-electric vehicles will come with a standard Ford Mobile Charger that can charge on 240V electrical outlets typically used for appliances like a clothes dryer. That charger promises 22 miles of driving range per hour of charge. The EV is also able to charge from a standard 120V electrical outlet at a range of three miles per charging hour.

Ford has teamed up with Amazon Home Services to offer installation of home charging stations. The service will provide Ford customers with upfront pricing estimates and the ability to schedule a licensed and vetted electrician online. The critical feature for Ford EVs that many were wanting to know was if they would be a cost associated with charging their vehicles on the go.

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Ford says that it is offering two-years of complimentary access to the FordPass Charging Network for EV buyers. After that, access is available on a pay-as-you-drive system. The network will provide access to the Electrify America DC fast chargers able to charge at 150-kilowatts, adding up to 47 miles of range in 10 minutes.

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. How do those charging times compare with Tesla’s currently available network? Those miles-per-hour (of charging) seem very low. I doubt fast chargers will be available in my area anytime within the next decade

    • You must do what smart EV owners do: charge at home. Why charge on the road? It is worse than buying gasoline! If you need to travel far, either get a plug-in hybrid or move closer. I did both! And I have my own 16 kW Level 2 EVSE charger that I built from a kit. I charge while I sleep, and wake up to a full battery. No more weekly gasoline station visits!

      • It says 120V only charges 3 miles per hour. Not every potential EV customer owns their home or has access to 240V. Ideally, you would want to have a full charge every morning, and enough to get you through the day.
        I’ve only seen one Tesla in my county the year and a half i lived here. Very view have 240 volt hookups in their homes.

  2. And where is the source of these charging stations coming from? With nuclear plants closing, coal powered plants being forced to shutdown, California is already on a rationing, shutdown practice to prevent wildfires, just where is this energy going to come from? An inquiring mind wants to know?

    • couldn’t agree more, Curt. Seems “ford owner” is neither very bright, or, creative. He
      doesn’t know half of what he thinks he does.

    • Coal plants aren’t forced to close, they close because they are old, and they cost more to run than building new natural gas plants.
      Most car charging is done at night, when power demand is low and there is excess capacity.
      Charging could be throttled, demand response, to even out system loads.

    • Curt, Re: “And where is the source of these charging stations coming from? … just where is this energy going to come from?”

      It depends on the charging station and its location. Some charging stations have solar panels to generate their electricity. For those that require electricity from the grid, it depends on the local power plant supplying that electricity. It varies by state and even power plant on the power source to generate that electricity. A growing number of power plants are generating (or purchasing) their power from renewable resources “with the bulk coming from hydropower (6.5 percent) and wind power (5.6 percent).” It’s still the minority but the energy source percentage from renewable resources continues to grow every year.

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