In an effort to allow more of its employees to accomplish their daily commute entirely on electricity, Ford has announced plans to install roughly 200 electric vehicle charging stations at over 50 of its company offices, product development campuses and manufacturing facilities.
Not only will the charging stations empower Ford employees to charge the all-electric Focus Electric and the automaker’s two plug-in EREVs — the Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi, but the stations will also be networked together — giving Ford the opportunity to collect additional information on electrified vehicle use, such as the number of hours vehicles are charging and the amount of CO2 reduced. Initially, charging will be free to employees for the first four hours, and according to Ford estimates, it will cost about 50 cents to fully charge a vehicle, thereby saving employees up to $2 in gasoline each day.
Installation is set to begin later in 2013 and continue rolling out across The Blue Oval’s facilities throughout 2014. As of this writing, Ford has over 1,700 electric vehicle charging stations at Ford dealerships and facilities in North America, and the workplace chargers will grow that number to roughly 1,900.
Notably, the number of both public and residential charging stations throughout the U.S. and Canada is growing at a very rapid pace. Today, there are more than 20,000 known public charging stations compared to roughly 3,000 in 2009.
The Motrolix Take
It’s motivating to see Ford stand behind its alternative propulsion strategy and offer EV charging at its own facilities. And the growth in charging stations is truly impressive.