Ford To Launch Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Network in the U.S.

 

Just as the company prepares to launch it’s first all-electric vehicle next year (an electric crossover SUV styled after the iconic Mustang) Ford has recently announced its plan to offer the largest network of electric vehicle charging station in all of North America.

 

With the help of EV charging companies like Greenlots and Electrify America, Ford will soon launch what they call the FordPass Charging Network, a platform that will not only provide on-the-go charging, but will also direct users to one of the network’s more than 12,000 charging stations via the FordPass app or the vehicle’s central touchscreen.

 

“Among people who already own or want to purchase electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, 48 percent say that a lack of charging stations is one of their main concerns,” said Ted Cannis, Ford director of global electrification.

 

Ford electric vehicle owners will be able to pay for charging via an app without having to subscribe to individual charging networks. Greenlots, a subsidiary of Shell, provides the app’s unique software. 

 

The FordPass Network’s over 12,000 charging stations will include a total of 35,000 individual plugs that, unlike other EV charging networks, will be compatible with most other electric cars. Although most other vehicles will charge using these stations with no problem, only Ford drivers will benefit from FordPass app integration.

 

Ford also announced that it is working with Amazon Home Service to install at-home charging stations for customers who buy a Ford-branded electric vehicle in the coming years.

 

The FordPass Network will be three times larger than that of the previous record holder, well-known electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, and will be operated by many different companies. 


The FordPass EV charging network will coincide with the launch of the upcoming all-electric Mustang-styled SUV as well as an electric version of the Ford F-150.
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