If you are a big automaker like Ford, you want your employees driving your vehicles to and from the office each day. If you are also trying to gain more marketshare in the emerging green vehicles space, you hope a percentage of your workers are behind the wheel of electric vehicles. One way to ensure this happens? Offer a large vehicle charging network at your facilities.
Ford said recently it is adding 200 new electric vehicle chargers at more than 50 of its company offices, product development centers and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada between now and next year. The service will initially be free to employees for the first four hours, costing the company about 50 cents to fully charge a vehicle and saving employees up to $2 in gasoline each day.
In order to make the most use of the chargers for its own internal purposes, the various stations will be networked together to allow Ford to “gather additional information on electrified vehicle use, such as the number of hours vehicles are charging and the amount of CO2 reduced.” It wasn’t immediately clear how the automaker would be using this data, however.
The new electric chargers being brought online will join more than 1,700 charging stations at Ford dealerships and company facilities in North America. They will help also to bolster the total number of stations around the U.S. and Canada as a whole, which currently stands at over 20,000 known public locations.
In addition to talking about is growing charger network, Ford also mentioned is customers have logged over 30 million all-electric miles in the company’s full range of plug-in electric vehicles, saving more than 1.2 million kilograms of CO2. Through data collected via its MyFord Mobile app, some other interesting factoids have emerged, including:
- Ford customers drive approximately 1 million miles on electricity alone.
- Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi drivers typically make three of their four daily trips in all-electric mode
The strong numbers reflected in this collected customer data point towards another trend, which is reportedly strong sales of Ford electrified vehicles. For August it was noted the company had its best ever retail U.S. sales results for the Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles, and this contributed to total electrified vehicle sales last month of 8,292 units sold.