Ford Motor Company in conjunction with GE, will supply vehicle charging
stations at Ford facilities nationwide, beginning with facilities in and
around its headquarters.
The announcement continues the innovative cooperation begun more than
100 years ago between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, co-founder of GE.
This month, Ford will begin installing GE WattStation™
charging stations across its North American campuses, developing a
workplace charging network at nearly every Ford facility in the United
States and Canada.
"Ford's commitment to sustainability extends beyond our fuel-efficient
vehicles to include our daily workplace," said Mike Tinskey, Ford
director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure. "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
its part to help develop that infrastructure."
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 - may be able to drive entirely on electric power to and
from work. Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi have an EPA-estimated MPG
ratings 44 city, 41 highway and 43 combined and have an EPA-estimated
range of 21 miles electric. Drivers of the electric-only Focus Electric,
which has an EPA-estimated range of 76 miles on a full charge, will have
even more gas-free commuting potential*.
Ford plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 60
of its offices, product development campuses and manufacturing
facilities. Installation will begin at Ford's southeast Michigan
facilities and roll out across other facilities throughout 2014.
Throughout North America, the number of charging stations - both public
and residential - is growing rapidly. In 2009, there were 3,000 known
public charge stations. Today, there are more than 20,000.
The Ford charging service will be free to employees for the first four
hours of charging each day. By offering free charging, Ford is trying to
encourage charging station sharing, enabling twice as many employees to
charge at work for free.
Ford is also asking employees to use the MyFord® Mobile
smartphone app to collect driving and charging information to help the
company understand driving patterns and potentially influence future
product design. Ford estimates it will cost about 50 cents to fully
charge each vehicle**.
Ford's WattStation charging station installation differs from other
workplace charging installations in that the units will be networked
together. As a result, the company will be able to gather comprehensive
information on electrified vehicle use, such as the number of hors
vehicles are charging and the amount of carbon dioxide reduced. It can
then use actual station data to plan for additional station
GE was the first major company to add C-MAX Energi vehicles to its
fleet. Ford and GE are working with researchers from Georgia Institute
of Technology to study GE fleet driving and charging habits, with the
goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance. Ford's
MyFord Mobile app provides drivers with real-time battery charge status
and a value charging option that automatically schedules charging at
lower-cost, off-peak electricity rates (based on your local utility's
65 million electric miles
Ford offers six electrified vehicles, including Focus Electric, C-MAX
Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids, and C-MAX and Fusion hybrid
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. It is estimated Ford customers now have logged 65
million all-electric miles, increasing at a rate of 290,000 electric
miles per day, by driving the full range of plug-in vehicles, saving
more than 4 million kilograms of CO2.
By adding another charge opportunity during the day at the workplace, it
might be possible for employees to be able to accomplish all of their
workweek trips without using gasoline.
Early work between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison
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. Last fall, GE purchased 2,000 Ford
C-MAX Energi vehicles, supporting its goal of converting half of its
fleet to alternative energy vehicles. Today's charging station
announcement further proves the companies' commitment to the growth of
the electrified vehicle market.
Join a Google Hangout with Ford and GE
Triple Pundit will host a Google Hangout with Mike Tinskey from Ford,
Debora Frodl, global executive director of Ecomagination at GE, and
Hauker Asgeirsson, manager of power systems technologies at Detroit
Edison, to discuss what's happening in global energy innovation, as well
as the challenges and changes envisioned for the future - whether they
be in transportation, in the home or on the grid. The event will be
presented live on March 20, 2014 at noon EDT. To join, please visit http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/03/live-chat-ford-motor-co/.
You can also submit questions for the panelists via the comment section
at the same site.
* Electric driving ranges vary with conditions such as external
elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance and lithium-ion battery
** MyFord Mobile is complimentary for five years from the vehicle sale
date as recorded by the dealer. Subscriptions fees apply after five
years. MyFord Mobile requires a compatible 2G independent cellular
network. Evolving technology and cellular networks may affect future
availability and functionality.
About Ford Motor Company
Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company
provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more
information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.
For news releases, related materials and high-resolution photos and
video, visit www.media.ford.com.
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