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Ford will work with GE as its network provider and supplier of electric vehicle charging stations; networked stations will help Ford understand charging usage and plan for future installations.
Ford electrified vehicles have logged an estimated 65 million electric miles over the last 18 months.
Ford now offers four plug-in electrified vehicles. That’s including Mustang Mach E, Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids and GE has the charge. For they will supply vehicle charging stations at Ford facilities nationwide. It is beginning with facilities in and around its headquarters.
Ford began installing GE WattStation™ charging stations across its North American campuses. Thereby finally developing a workplace charging network at nearly every Ford facility in the United States and Canada.
With the new charging network, Ford employees commuting to their jobs from up to 21 miles away in plug-in hybrid vehicles. Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi and now the Ford Mustang Mach E are able to drive entirely on electric power to and from work in certain circumstances.
More importantly, Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi have an EPA-estimated MPG ratings 44 city. That’s 41 highway and 43 combined. As well as have an EPA-estimated range of 21 miles electric. The Mustang Mach E is over 300 miles all electric!
Henderson and his team conducted a study on employee charging and driving behaviors from January 2014 to September 2017. It is initially collecting data using the MyFord Mobile® smartphone app.
However Ford’s charging network and employee surveys. In a presentation at the 30th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, Henderson delivered insights the data revealed and stressed the significance of a workplace charging network.
Therefore having to move their vehicles once they are fully charged constitutes a serious downside to driving electric. So Ford, expanding its network to accommodate existing demand and anticipated greater adoption of electrified vehicles.
Data on electric vehicle charging habits finds that despite continuing low gas prices, Ford employees are choosing to purchase or lease electric vehicles if workplace charging is widely available.
These results are prompting Ford to triple the number of U.S. workplace charging stations to 600 in the next two years; the network will double within a year More than six in 10 employees say Ford’s workplace charging, which currently includes 200 stations at 50 facilities. All influenced their decision to purchase or lease an electric vehicle.
These are U.S. and Canadian Ford employees, who say the company’s 200 current charging stations at 50 facilities have given them the confidence. Confidence to buy or lease an electric vehicle without worrying where they can charge away from home. More than six in 10 employees who drive electric vehicles say Ford’s workplace charging network influenced them. That’s deciding even whether to purchase or lease.
As a result, Ford is tripling the number of North American workplace charging stations to 600 in the next two years. Within a year, the network will double.
Those chargers are at the product development campuses and manufacturing facilities. Installation began at Ford’s southeast Michigan facilities and rolled out across other facilities throughout 2014.
So they want data such as the number of hours vehicles are charging and the amount of carbon dioxide reduced. It then using actual station data to plan for additional station installations.
Henry Ford’s history of working with Thomas Edison dates back to the late 1800s, when Ford worked for the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. In 1892, Edison co-founded General Electric. In 1896, Ford attended a lecture given by Edison, which inspired him to discuss his ideas with the renowned scientist, thus beginning a strong friendship that endured for the rest of their lives.
Henry Ford had a strong interest in electric vehicles. He bought two for his wife, Clara, in 1908 and 1914, and installed a charging station in their garage. Several years after Ford Motor Company was founded in 1903, Ford and Edison began experimenting with their own electric vehicles using Edison batteries.
The vehicles never went to market, but it marked the beginning of a relationship between the two men’s companies that stands strong today. GE purchased 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi vehicles. Thereby supporting its goal of converting half of its fleet to alternative energy vehicles. Next GE can get Mustang Mach E, Fusion Energi and used C-MAX energi cars too!
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