Ford to Charge Up Its Workplaces in US and Canada With Install of 200 Free-To-Use Charging Stations

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 9

Fusion Energi Plugged In

Fusion Energi Plugged In

Ford is joining the workplace charging charge with an announcement that it’ll install charging stations at over 50 of its offices in the US and Canada by the end of 2014.

New Ford EVSE Equipment As Provided By AeroVironment

New Ford EVSE Equipment As Provided By AeroVironment

All told, some 200-plus chargers will be installed at various Ford sites in the US and Canada.

The units will initially be free to use for the first four hours (Ford made no mention of what happens after 4 hours and did not disclose what type of chargers will be installed…Level 1?…Level 2?…).

By Ford’s estimates, it’ll only cost the automaker $0.50 to fully charge a vehicle at one of its workplace chargers.

Mike Tinskey, Ford;s global director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, stated:

 “Ford’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond our fuel-efficient vehicles to include our daily workplace.  We know that a growing electrified vehicle infrastructure is key to making plug-in vehicles a viable option for more consumers. Ford is committed to doing our part to help grow that infrastructure.”

Ford says it already has “more than 1,700 charging stations at Ford dealerships and company facilities in North America” and adds that the total public charger count in the US and Canada is now over 20,000.

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9 responses to "Ford to Charge Up Its Workplaces in US and Canada With Install of 200 Free-To-Use Charging Stations"

  1. Bloggin says:

    Ford workplace chargers are free for the first 4 hours, then the employee is charged hourly after that, to ensure employees move their car, so another employee can charge their vehicle.

    According to Ford: “….the charging stations that are to be installed are all Level 2 stations, a combination of both 2-port and single port configurations.”

    C-Max/Fusion Energi can charge in 2.5 hrs, and the Focus Electric can charge in about 3.5hrs.

  2. Bloggin says:

    More from the Ford Press Release:

    Ford’s workplace EV chargers are different from competitor programs in that they will be networked together. As a result, the company will be able to gather additional information on electrified vehicle use, such as the number of hours vehicles are charging and the amount of CO2 reduced.

    Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi drivers typically make three of their four daily trips in all-electric mode, based on data from Ford’s MyFord Mobile app. In fact, every 10 days, Ford customers drive approximately 1 million miles on electricity alone. In total, Ford customers now have logged 30 million all-electric miles driving the full range of plug-in vehicles, saving more than 1.2 million kilograms of CO2.

    Current customer data from the Fusion Energi and CMAX Energi is showing that three of every four trips are accomplished on electricity alone. By adding another charge during the day at the workplace, it is likely that employees will be able to accomplish all of their work week trips without using gasoline.

    1. Aaron says:

      “In fact, every 10 days, Ford customers drive approximately 1 million miles on electricity alone.”

      Why does it seem to be that it would be more impressive to say, “Every single day, Ford customers drive approximately 100,000 miles on electricity alone.”

      1. kdawg says:

        Not bad, hopefully the chargers help. The Volts are at about ~1.5million EV miles/day.

  3. Bloggin says:

    From Reuters:

    “We know that a growing electrified vehicle infrastructure is key to making plug-in vehicles a viable option for more consumers,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure.

    “We’re trying to be on the leading edge of a trend to offer employees the ability to have a second charge so they would charge at night (at home) and then charge at work,” he said in a telephone interview. This would allow them to drive their cars’ in electric mode nearly all the time, he noted.

    1. kdawg says:

      The other option is to put a bigger battery in their cars. Workplace charging is a perk, but not common. I’d rather have more AER. I guess there’s always the Focus EV, but you lose the range extender.

  4. Sevie says:

    Now all they need is to throw a large solar array on each roof to offset this increased load with clean electrons. That’ll boost the magnitude of emissions reduction that they appear to already be tracking.

  5. Future Leaf Driver says:

    This will be a great addition to the “‘Stop Safely Now” feature! 😉

  6. Spec says:

    Canada actually already has much of infrastructure in place for a charging network due to outlets for engine block heaters.