Ford said it is launching a charging network for its employees who drive EVs and its EV-driving customers have piled on some 30 million all-electric miles.
According to the release from Ford, the new charging facilities are being installed at nearly every Ford facility in the U.S. and Canada, including company offices, product development campuses, and factories. Installation of the charging stations will begin later this year and should be complete in 2014, the release said.
Ford Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure Mike Tinskey said, “Ford’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond our fuel-efficient vehicles to include our daily workplace. 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 our part to help grow that infrastructure.”
The release said the service will initially be free for employees to use 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.
Ford said its workplace EV chargers are different from competitors’ in that they will be networked together, allowing the automaker to gather additional information on electrified vehicle use, such as the number of hours vehicles are charging and the amount of CO2 reduced. Ford already has more than 1,700 charging stations at Ford dealerships and company facilities in North America. The new workplace chargers will add approximately 200 more.
Meanwhile, the release said Ford EV and PHEV buyers have logged 30 million all-electric miles in the Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi. The release said owners of those vehicles typically make three out of four trips in all-electric mode, according to data collected from the MyFord Mobile app. “In fact, every 10 days, Ford customers drive approximately 1 million miles on electricity alone,” the release said. The 30 million miles driven in EV mode so far equate to more than 1.2 million kilograms of CO2 saved.
“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,” the release added.
No word on how many of the 8,292 Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi buyers in August were Ford employees who can take advantage of the charging stations at Ford facilities, though the release offered a glimmer of hope for the rest of us non-Ford workers:
Throughout the U.S. and Canada, the number of charge 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.
That’s 20,000 down, and a few hundred thousand to go before EVs start to look doable for a large swath of commuters, in my opinion.