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Ford launches two major electric vehicle charging initiatives

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Automotive company Ford has announced its plans to offer customers of future electric vehicles access to the Electrify America network of charging stations.

It has also announced it will partner with Amazon to install at-home outlets once its first long-range electric vehicle goes on sale in 2020.

Automotive News reports that Fords strategy includes offering free mobile charge cords so customers can plug their vehicles in either 240- or 120-volt outlets, the optional installation of a faster-charging home station, and new features on its FordPass app that show buyers range information and available charging locations.

“We’ve done our research with customers and gotten to understand the outlook and development for infrastructure,” Matt Stover, Ford’s director of charging, energy services and business development, told Automotive News. “To make them feel comfortable, there’s no one single thing we can do. It has to be a collection of things.”

Ford reportedly said its customers will have access to more than 12,000 public charging stations through what it’s calling the FordPass Charging Network. The network was created in partnership with Greenlots.

According to Automotive News among the network of stations Ford customers will gain access to is Electrify America, which expects to install or have under development approximately 800 charging station sites with about 3,500 chargers by December 2021.


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