Without question, one of the biggest advantages Tesla has over all other EV makers is its vast Supercharger network, which provides easy and convenient charging access across many locations. But Ford Mustang Mach-E owners can look forward to enjoying some of the same benefits when charging at an Electrify America station, thanks to its newly implemented Plug&Charge feature.
Essentially, Plug&Charge enables an electric vehicle to “talk” to the charger it’s connected to and handle authentication and billing. However, this feature must be enabled both at the charger and in the vehicle to work properly. Thankfully, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will support Plug&Charge out of the box, along with other vehicles including the Porsche Taycan and Lucid Air.
Plug&Charge can be set up ahead of time by owners via a brief online registration. After that, drivers can automatically pay for charging by simply plugging in their EV. The charger communicates with the vehicle to identify, authenticate, authorize, and bill the customer’s registered account for the charging session. The entire process allows for a seamless charging experience.
The Plug&Charge feature is enabled by advanced vehicle-to-grid communication technology that utilizes encrypted security measures. It follows the ISO 15118 standard, an international standard that outlines the secured communication protocol that an EV and charging station should use to recharge the EV’s battery. It enables simplified charging functionality for the most prevalent EV charging connector type, called the Combined Charging System (CCS).
This innovative technology is now available on all Electrify America chargers across the U.S., and Electrify America is the first company to offer the service to multiple automakers. Even better, 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E buyers will receive five free charges at these stations with their purchase.
Electrify America offers the fastest charging technology available today to provide charging speeds of up to 150 and 350 kilowatts, a breakthrough for the network that debuted in May 2018. It also offers the largest open DC fast-charging network in the U.S., has more than 500 charging stations open to the public with over 2,200 individual chargers.