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Ford Announces Largest EV Charging Network In North America

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.

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.

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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  1. GaryB

    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

    1. Ford Owner

      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!

      1. GaryB

        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.

        1. John G

          Everyone has 240v service to their house though. In most cases it’s not impossible or even prohibitively expensive to get that wired into the main service panel. And if you’re spending $60K on one of these cars, you can probably afford it.

        2. AUDI guy

          Geez GaryB, where do you live. There are so many Tesla cars and other EV here, that there are days that I am sandwiched between them while driving. Also what house doesn’t have 240 service? That would be a first. If the panel is nowhere near the garage, then it can be expensive to run wire, otherwise it is very cheap.

          1. GaryB

            5 hours from the closest major city. 60 miles from the closest charging accessible station. And the only electrician within an hour drive is geriatric and his cancer came back. People put up hunting cabins out here and there are only 3 radio stations, all of them country. It’s in the top 3 largest counties in the state, but only 40k people live in it. My last house was built in the 1800s as a school. Then converted into a hunting cabin sometime in the past 50 years. It’s going to take a long time for this area to ever catch up

  2. Curt

    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?

    1. Ford Owner

      They will be nation wide. California is not the onlt State with EVs.

    2. Scott

      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.

    3. Q

      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.

    4. Chuck

      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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