Ford Ramps Up Electric-Vehicle Charging Network for Employees
- Ford said it is launching a new workplace-charging network for its employees who own the Ford Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi.
- The company will install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
- Installation will begin later this year and roll out across company facilities throughout 2014, the automaker said on Sunday.
The company will install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
Installation will begin later this year and roll out across company facilities throughout 2014, the automaker said on Sunday.
The 220-volt charging stations will be set up at Ford factories, product-development campuses and company offices. The service will initially be free to employees for the first four hours. Ford estimates it will cost the company about 50 cents to fully charge a vehicle, "saving employees up to $2 in gasoline each day."
Perhaps more importantly, the company says it 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 said current customer data from the Fusion Energi and C-Max 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," Ford said.
Ford is hoping to set an example for other corporations by offering employee charging.
Ford is taking a somewhat different approach to EV-charging stations than Tesla Motors by targeting its employees instead of consumers at this point.
Tesla is in the process of setting up 200 Supercharging stations along popular routes at highway rest stops in the U.S. The Supercharger network is designed to provide charging stations for owners of the 2013 Tesla Model S.
Edmunds says: Other automakers offering electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles are expected to follow Ford's lead in this area.