Ford Pro – the automaker’s dedicated, global vehicle services and distribution business solely dedicated to commercial and government customers – was revealed back in May, and has only grown in the months since. The entity has launched software tools and a series of complementary services, which will also cater to electric vehicles. As Ford prepares to launch the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro and E-Transit – the all-electric version of the Ford Transit – the automaker knows that it must also provide robust charging solutions to support it, and thus, has now launched Ford Pro Charging.
Ford Pro Charging aims to help ease the transition between ICE-powered vehicles and EVs for fleet customers by providing a comprehensive solution for electric vehicle charging that consists of both hardware and software. The software analyzes how each fleet operates and can precisely orchestrate charging management based on those behaviors. The technology also solves a number of problems for customers, such as determining the optimal times to charge based on current energy rates.
Ford Pro is able to team up with commercial customers to determine optimal charging locations, while also collaborating with local utility companies and determining the best available incentives. For fleet drivers that need to charge vehicles overnight at home, Ford Pro also offers a solution that includes home charger installation and software capabilities used for tracking, reporting, and simplifying driver reimbursement.
“Customers are saying, ‘We want the E-Transit and F-150 Lightning Pro, but how are we going to charge and operate them efficiently once they’re in our fleet?'” said Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro. “They are depending on us to provide the electric vehicles and the integrated solutions designed for EVs that they need for charging and connectivity. Ford Pro Charging is an industry-first solution that is focused on helping our customers plan for, operate, and deploy charging solutions so they can reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.”