Ford announced this week it is teaming with PlugShare, an aggregator of public EV charging stations, to provide real-time info about charging station availability to owners of its C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids.
According to a Ford press release, the automaker’s MyFord Mobile smartphone app and web portal will provide access to information about charging station compiled by PlugShare.com. PlugShare combines crowd-sourced information with publicly available lists of public charging station locations to provide motorists with the ” the most comprehensive dataset available,” the release said.
Business and Product Development Manager Bill Frykman said, “When we launched the MyFord Mobile app and portal for the Focus Electric last year, it was the most advanced remote management app of its kind in the industry. We’re now expanding availability of the system to drivers of our new plug-in hybrids and offering some unique features specifically tailored to these long-range vehicles.”
CEO of PlugShare parent company Xatori, Forrest North said, “It is a little known fact that the majority of charging stations are currently free to use. By giving drivers a clear view of the reality of charging, PlugShare and Ford are showing more and more drivers that now is a great time to start driving on electricity. With our real-time, crowd-sourcing features that include photos, reviews and check-ins, PlugShare has quickly become one of the largest and most popular charging station locators in North America. We are thrilled an established industry leader such as Ford has chosen PlugShare for MyFord Mobile.”
Both the C-MAX Energi and the Fusion Energi have an estimated electric-only driving range of 21 miles, and can travel up to 620 miles on one charge plus one tank of gasoline, Ford said. In addition to the integration of PlugShare’s charging station info, the Motor Company said it has updated MyFord Mobile’s trip and charge log feature with information about how efficiently drivers are using the PHEVs in both electric and hybrid modes.
Additionally, the release said MyFord Mobile still lets plug-in hybrid owners check the state of charge of the battery, get alerts if they forgot to plug the car in or if charging stops, and take advantage of value charging for the lowest electricity rates during off-peak hours. Drivers can also precondition the cabin temperature while the car is plugged in to reduce the load on the drivetrain for enhanced efficiency.