Ford Offers 3 Years Free Charging For C-Max Energi Buyers In California & Maryland

NOV 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

Ford C-MAX Energi

Ford C-MAX Energi

According to Green Car Congress, Ford is launching a pilot project called EV 1-2-3 Charge. This enables C-Max Energi buyers to charge for free for 3 years in two pilot states, California and Maryland.

EV 1-2-3 Charge in some ways reminds us of Nissan’s No Charge To Charge.

Ford offers 3 years instead of 2 years in the case of Nissan and only AC charging – up to 4 hour free sessions (DC is not available on C-MAX Energi).

The two charging providers participating in the project are NRG EVgo and SemaConnect. Those who purchase or lease a 2016 C-MAX Energi in California and Maryland between 1 October 2015 and 1 October 2016 will get one access card for both networks.

“Ford Motor Company will offer three years of complimentary charging to California and Maryland customers who purchase or lease a 2016 C-MAX Energi with its pilot EV 1-2-3 Charge program. EV 1-2-3 Charge will provide unlimited, complimentary charging sessions of four hours each at more than 500 NRG EVgo and SemaConnect public stations across the nation. C-MAX Energi is capable of being fully charged in approximately 2.5 hours with the 240-volt charging stations that are included in the program.

Beginning in December, Ford will make it easy for customers to find these charge stations with MyFord Mobile, which will identify participating stations with a pink-colored icon. The MyFord Mobile app and website are integrated with the vehicle’s in-car communications and entertainment system – SYNC 3.

MyFord Mobile and allow plug-in electric vehicle owners to have a seamless connected car experience, giving them the ability to easily lock and unlock their vehicle, find where they parked, access charge status, mileage and driving efficiency, as well as schedule charge times—all with the touch of a finger. The app may be downloaded to an iPhone or Android phone and to Apple or Android Wear smart watches.

Eligible customers in Maryland and California purchasing or leasing a 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi between 1 October 2015 and 1 October 2016 will receive an EV 1-2-3 Charge registration packet in the mail. Similar to traditional gas cards, once the access card is activated, customers will be able to access NRG EVgo and SemaConnect charge stations with the convenience of one card.”

Source: Green Car Congress

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18 Comments on "Ford Offers 3 Years Free Charging For C-Max Energi Buyers In California & Maryland"

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Ford is partnering with NRG, that’s good news. Offering the no charge to charge on the C-Max is confusing. At least this means that Ford is giving money to NRG so that NRG can build more charging stations.

NRG did never want to do the charging stations, they were forced to as part of the price fixing penalty they got busted for. They recently announced they are selling off that part of their business too. I wonder how this all fits together… maybe they will end up finding business value in it 🙂

I see this as good. I suspect 95% of C-Max Energi buyers will never use the public chargers. (By the way, is the Fusion Energi and Focus EV included in this deal?) But it sounds good when trying to entice customers to buy the car, and probably helps NRG financially, so maybe more stations can be built.

I live in MD, and Semaconnect and NRG eVgo charging stations are few and far between in my area. This deal would really not do anything for me, as most of the public charging stations I use are free anyways. Plus none of the Ford EVs are quick charge compatible, which would be the only thing that might make this offer notable. Meh.

Thank goodness that doesn’t come with DCFC. Otherwise, it’d clog up many places already clogged with free charging for Leaf and i3. L2 is slow enough so that people aren’t likely to abuse it by sitting there for 8 hours at a time.

Btw, it’s 4 hours free but I mention 8 hours, because I’ve seen Leaf plug in for 30 min free, then plug in again for 30 min. Such abuse isn’t likely with L2.

??? Two 30 minute sessions on a LEAF is somehow 8 hrs now? No LEAF needs to charge for 8 hrs on a DCQC. No more than a Spark would. Okay, enough…we get it. You seem to hate seeing LEAFs while your trying to charge. If there were enough Sparks sold…all of us LEAF owner would hate seeing your cars too. Especially if they all had the same attitude as you. And now you hate seeing i3s charging too? Wow, I hope I dont inconvenience you if I happen to take my i3 to the same charging station when your around.

The slower charging rate means that station squatting would be even more severe, not less than a DCQC station.

Considering the small battery, that will cost very little in electricity. But they will have to pay the charger companies.

Not only a small battery, but no DC fast-charging capability.

In the bay area most of the L2 chargers are Chargepoint. I find the Nissan program much more useful than this one because there’s free access to a lot of DCQC. I have only used my no-charge to charge card on maybe 5 instances, but its been pretty helpful in those few instances.

Free public charging with your vehicle purchase may be the business model that sticks. Anything to gets some money pumping into infrastructure.

I would be interested to know if Ford is paying a flat amount to the networks for the benefit or if it is based on how much charging the owner actually does?

The Energi LONG Past Due for a Battery Update.

This is a marketing ploy, the amount the energy costs Ford is a pittance compared to increased sales profits.

Free charge is a terrible thing.

This will ONLY encourage more public charging station hogging!!!

Stop free public charging (prepaid or otherwise)!

Ok, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson. Ok.

2.5 hours of L2 charging for a mere 20 miles. That’s worse than the volt which would get about about 30 miles off the same length of charge.

I am all for more people driving on electricity more often, but it is very frustrating as a BEV owner to find DCFC locations that are down and the neighboring L2 chargers filled with PHEV’s.

I certainly this helps provide a bit of a boost for them to invest and deploy more chargers sooner than later!

Why just 2 states, and why just a pilot project?
Surely enough other carmakers have had similar programs in place for long enough, that Ford already has all the info it needs on the pros/cons of such programs?

Ford, get with the program already: Update the FFE & Energi PHEV models for some decent AER range, and start selling them in Europe, The C-Max in particular is a much more natural fit for MPV-friendly Europe, and being based on the Focus compact platform, doesn’t need as much battery as a heavy SUV does.
Even better, how about a ground-up designed EV, PHEV or BEV? GM will eat your lunch soon.