Ford To Triple Number Of Workplace Chargers, Plus Usage Stats

2 months ago by Mark Kane 22

Ford Focus Electric

Ford intends to increase the number of charging stations at its 50-odd facilities threefold – from 200 to 600 within two years.

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Workplace charging is the second most popular type of charging (after charging at home of course), and according to Ford, six out of ten of its employees said that availability of workplace charging has influenced their purchase decision.

Similarly, General Motors has installed more than 500 charging stations at its more than 50 facilities.

Data about use of the charging stations, collected by Ford since 2014, shows that there was more than 165,000 charging sessions that provided energy for about 2 million miles of driving.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Ford employees are plugging-in mostly from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m…which also tells us a lot of them are clocking out early.

source: Detroit Free Press

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22 responses to "Ford To Triple Number Of Workplace Chargers, Plus Usage Stats"

  1. Dr. Miguelito Loveless says:

    Nice.

    If only they would do something for their customers who drive EVs.

  2. Merv says:

    They’re missing a zero.

  3. Jon says:

    The Ford employee stations allow 4 free hours of level 2 charging, after which you are required to move. If you do not, you are charged money. It is a good system.

    The 4 hour spans are partially why at 4 pm some are less used.

    I can confirm that it can be competitive getting a spot. They are popular with employees.

    The GE stations do suffer from reliability issues, however.

    1. Nix says:

      Good info! Thanks.

      Do you know how many miles does 4 hours of charging provide for something like a Focus EV at one of those chargers? Even just 25 miles worth of charging could make commuting free for many employees. That would be a nice job perk!

      1. PHEVfan says:

        L1 charging gives me 4-5 miles per hour of charging in my Energi (3.3kW max onboard charger). L2 bumps that to ~12 miles per hour of charge. A Focus can charge at 6.6kW so they could conceivably charge to 100 miles in 4 hours on L2/30 amps or more.

        1. Nix says:

          That’s more than plenty in 4 hours. Very good.

          1. So, across the board 20 Amp Stations @ 240V or about 3.3 kW, would not require cars to move.

    2. Will says:

      Or how about 1 hour lunch at the facility like my retail job. I wish i we had a workplace charger for i can never use gas ever again in my volt

    3. Davek says:

      I’ve never understood the emphasis that some organisations put on L2 chargers. There are so many places where I go and park for 8 hours or more (work, skiing, amusement parks, hiking etc) and couldn’t care less how fast my car charges in a place like that. What’s really needed is blanket coverage with super cheap ultra slow L1 chargers, with a much smaller number of L2 chargers for people who need the speed (and are willing to pay for it). Especially since most EVs can only take 6 or 7 kW, and most PHEVs only 3 or so. 22 kW L2 is wasted on them!

  4. John says:

    ‪Some employees work 6-3. So 3 isn’t clocking out early. ‬It’s just a shift that some choose to work.

  5. JoeInTheUk says:

    On any level, those numbers and the timescale are pathetic

  6. Bloggin says:

    The point Ford is trying to ignore is that if they offered 200+ mile EVs, there would not be a need for so much workplace charging with a 40 – 80 mile round trip commute.

    This seems to confirm Ford’s commitment to the PHEV and lack of commitment to the EV where they plan to drag the combustion engine into the next generation of every model, while the rest of the industry plans to offer up to 20+ EVs EACH by 2025. Ford is planning 1 small CUV.

    1. PHEVfan says:

      I fear you are right. Definitely not a leader in the EV realm. More like a dragged kicking and screaming little kid.

  7. jim stack says:

    FORD does have a better idea. Their battery cooling let my FORD Focus EV got 3 years on the lease I had with no battery capacity lose. Try that wilted LEAF.
    FORD says they are coming out with more plugins. We’ll see but they are moving step by step in 2018

  8. Tom says:

    Free charging at work is a luxury. A nice one but nonetheless no fundamental right to it. My opinion is that instead of putting in Level 2 or higher chargers, instead they should go with quantity and do regular old 120V plugs and make them ubiquitous. I don’t know what the cost ratio is on a per plug basis but certainly it’s cheaper per plug for the hardware as well as the rather obvious less electricity per plug. These types of plugs are commonplace in the northern US for outdoor parking at apartments as well as at work locations because they are a carryover from the ‘good old days’ when we had carburetors, low quality oil, and poor quality engines that would routinely fail to start unless the engine block was heated. Yes engine block heaters vary wildly in current but the old style V8 ones pulled about 1500 watts of power. With this type of low cost infrastructure it isn’t even worth the cost to bother metering it through some kind of charging service/app etc. Just use a plain old plug. Let’s say you can put in 4 times as many of these plugs for a similar cost as 1 fancier charging station. If a car is parked there for 8 hours then it’ll pull down about 12kwh. That should be about 40 miles. And it will completely recharge every PHEV on the market with perhaps the exception of a Volt 2.0. Thus it radically increases the proportion of miles on EV that the owner of a PHEV uses, removes a good chunk of competition for space and allows the vehicle to stay there the whole day. Contrast that with something that’s maybe a strong level 2 charger that would fill up a PP or Fusion energi in 90 minutes and create either the problem of unused dead time, hassle moving vehicles, and inefficient use of capital by having a charger that has paradoxically a waiting line while simultaneously not being utilized.

    A straight up 240 plug would also do but is overkill frankly as the number of people commuting more than say 40 miles one way is quite small. Oddly I’m one of those exceptions. 50 miles each way.

    The same basic ubiquitous power plug idea follows for light pole power outlet charging too. Or parking meter with power jack. In general you had to run the power cable there anyway just put an outlet in. Just have a parking meter there and charge the same to park there whether or not you are using the plug, i.e. a slightly higher rate than a spot with no plug so as to discourage ICE. But if they want to pay the higher rate to park while not using the plug…great. Who cares? It just helps fund more plugs.

    1. JoeInTheUK says:

      I agree, for destination charging when the car will be there 8 or so hours, ubiquitous low cost chargers at every parking space, would be a far better proposition than expensive chargers at a small fraction of the spaces, which overall would lead to far fewer electric miles.

      I suspect your guess of 4 to 1 on charger cost is also way off, probably 10 to 1 or better which makes your numbers an even better proposition.

    2. mx says:

      The faster the charging, the more cars can cycle thru the chargers. 120v is a JoKe these days.

      Additionally, it might not be “a right” but, it is a benefit, especially if carbon-prices takes off. The more cars charge the more free Pollution Free air you receive.
      The better the health benefits for the community, especially where cars are congregated in large numbers.

      It’s also Smart Policy.
      Ford could study it’s charging usage and that could yield some helpful info to the sales department.

      Although, this new CEO doesn’t seem to be on the ball with EV’s, Solar, Wind and Battery tech either.

      1. Roy_H says:

        -1

        His point was employees prefer not to have to go out and move their car during their work shift. You seemed to have missed that.

    3. Davek says:

      I couldn’t agree more!

  9. Steven says:

    Or they could be salaried employees, which may mean they have some degree of freedom as to arrival and departure times.., Because I can’t imagine a production line employee having a long enough break to move their car.

  10. Mark.ca says:

    So Ford will soon have more chargers on the streets than evs. Go Ford…lol.

  11. menorman says:

    “…which also tells us a lot of them are clocking out early.”

    No, it tells us that a lot of them are moving their car to/from the charger at lunch time.

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