One irritating situation for most electric vehicle owners is the availability of charging stations while on the road. Ford recently teamed up with software company Xatori to alleviate that issue through the latter’s PlugShare charging station locator.
Ford already provides a huge amount of information for its Focus Electric owners through its MyFord mobile app. Ford EV owners can view remotely the charge remaining in their vehicle, its location, to even scheduling when to start charging. Owners can even open or lock their vehicle’s doors through the app or start the car before stepping in.
Now the automaker brings the functionality of the MyFord Mobile to its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), the Ford Fusion Energi sedan and the C-Max Energi crossover. Owners of either PHEV will be able to locate the nearest charging station provided by PlugShare. More importantly, they’ll know at a glance if a plug at the charging station it available or if the entire station is in use. (Nothing is more irritating – or a waste of battery power – than finding a station only to discover another EV is already there. Or worse, someone parked their non-electric vehicle in the stall.)
States Mike Tinskey, director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure at Ford: “Access to public charging allows our C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi customers to drive more electric miles – helping improve our environmental footprint and improve energy security. We’ve seen impressive growth in the number of installed public charge stations – growing from fewer than 3,000 units in 2010 to more than 11,500 installed units in the U.S. today.
“This collaboration allows for Ford customers to access all the currently installed stations, as well as gain immediate access to new charge stations as they are installed.”
MyFord Mobile is available for either the Apple iOS or Android operating system by Google. Both the 2013 Ford Fusion and C-Max Energi are currently available at your local dealership.