Never worry about range anxiety in your Mustang-inspired SUV.
Switching to an electric car is a major life decision that will involve a drastic change in your driving routine. Instead of pulling into one of the many gas stations littered across the country, you will have to find one of the far less common charging stations and likely sit there for a longer period of time.
So far, Tesla has the best charging infrastructure in the United States with its Supercharger network but Volkswagen has invested over $2 billion into its charging network, Electrify America, to build charging networks across the country. Unlike Tesla, these charging stations will be open to multiple make and model vehicles and Ford wants to get in on the action with its upcoming Mustang-inspired EV crossover.
Electrify America has announced an agreement with Ford Motor Company to give access to its massive charging network, which currently includes 12,000 places to charge and more than 35,000 plugs. Customers will be able to access the FordPass app on their mobile device (or on their car's central screen) to monitor charging at home and find and pay for public charging.
"Among people who already own or want to purchase electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, 48 percent say that a lack of charging stations is one of their main concerns," said Ted Cannis, Ford director of global electrification. "By offering industry-leading charging access we are dismantling those barriers, allowing more customers to confidently enjoy the benefits of owning an electric vehicle."
Every all-electric Ford vehicle will come with a standard Mobile Charger, which uses a 240-volt electrical outlet (like the one your dryer uses) to add an estimated range of 22 miles per charging hour. Ford will also sell an optional Connected Charge Station, which uses a higher 48-amp to deliver an average of 32 miles per charging hour. Using the Electrify America Network, customers will have access to a 150-kilowatt charger to add an estimated 47 miles of range in just 10 minutes. For longer trips, the network is capable of charging from 10 percent to 80 percent in only 45 minutes.
Ford's Mustang-Inspired EV is targeting a 300-mile EPA-rated driving range with an extended battery and rear-wheel-drive, meaning you shouldn't have to stop to charge it very often. But when you do, you'll have access to one of the best charging networks in America.