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    Ford Taking the Worry Out of EV Charging

      ...offering a wide network of plugs to their EV customers...

    When the Ford Mustang inspired EV SUV goes on sale sometime next year, one challenge it will have to overcome, no matter how good it looks, is charging anxiety by potential customers. 

    Ford is offering an antidote, a way to take away to charging anxiety.  Ford is developing FordPass Charging Network, an easy way to pay as you drive to charge. The network includes more than 12,000 locations with over 35,000 plugs. The FordPass Charging Network is also in collaboration with Electrify America to provide DC Fast Charging.  On a 150-kW charger, drivers can add 47 miles of range in just 10 minutes, and fully charge their battery in the time it takes to have a sit down meal at Olive Garden. FordPass app will help guide drivers to an available charging station and allow for payments directly from the car's dashboard. Ford is offering two years of complimentary access to the FordPass Charging Network to all new Ford EV buyers.

    For those who prefer to charge at home, Ford is offering Ford Connected Charging Stations, a higher powered charger than the standard 240-volt home charger, the Ford charger uses 48 amp service to recharge at a rate of 32 miles per hour rather than the 22 miles of range per hour the 240-volt home charger would provide.  Ford is partnering with Amazon Home Services to offer installations of either standard home chargers or the Ford Connected Charging Stations. Amazon will provide upfront pricing estimates and will allow customers to schedule a licensed and vetted electrician online. 

    Ford is investing $11.5 billion in EV development through 2022.

    Source: Ford Media



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    35 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    in the time it takes to have a sit down meal at Olive Garden

    I am just curious, how much is that in their calculation? 

    Otherwise good news for EV vehicles

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    3 minutes ago, ykX said:

    I am just curious, how much is that in their calculation? 

    Otherwise good news for EV vehicles

    "On a 150-kW charger, drivers can add 47 miles of range in just 10 minutes,"

    Figure at least 45 minutes to eat in an olive garden... And the car is unlikely to be at 0% range.

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    Be interesting to see how Cities, counties and states address Fords 48 amp charger at what Voltage??? as my understanding and I do wish for anyone else with better electrical info to correct me, but my understanding is that a 30 amp 240V outlet is the max approved for home use. I have tried to search but finding no clear answer as some are saying you can go up to 60 amps which would exceed the cable rate of 240V.

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    21 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Be interesting to see how Cities, counties and states address Fords 48 amp charger at what Voltage??? as my understanding and I do wish for anyone else with better electrical info to correct me, but my understanding is that a 30 amp 240V outlet is the max approved for home use. I have tried to search but finding no clear answer as some are saying you can go up to 60 amps which would exceed the cable rate of 240V.

    They apparently already make 48 amp 240 volt chargers and they have to be hardwired, they can't be a dryer outlet. 

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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    3 miles of range per hour.

    As dogsh!t slow as that is, it really wouldn't be an issue for me 99% of the time. Even if I use most of it on the weekend, I would slowly gain that back during the week. 

    Although, I wouldn't actually want to rely on that. 

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    10 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    As dogsh!t slow as that is, it really wouldn't be an issue for me 99% of the time. Even if I use most of it on the weekend, I would slowly gain that back during the week. 

    Although, I wouldn't actually want to rely on that. 

    Agreed, I think this is why Ford is smart in packaging their charger with the auto for home installation. This will help people make sure they have a somewhat speedy charging system always.

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    4 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    As dogsh!t slow as that is, it really wouldn't be an issue for me 99% of the time. Even if I use most of it on the weekend, I would slowly gain that back during the week. 

    Although, I wouldn't actually want to rely on that. 

    Even a dryer outlet would give you something like 22 miles in an hour. Overnight that would fully charge your vehicle. 

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