Ford's New Charging Solutions Will Be A Game Changer

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The Blue Oval isn't messing about when it comes to the electric revolution.

Like many automakers, Ford is accelerating its electrification strategy. In fact, CEO Jim Farley recently announced the Blue Oval will separate the ICE unit from its EV offerings, in order to grow the company. Ford currently has three electrified offerings: the Mustang Mach-E, E-Transit, and the highly-anticipated Ford F-150 Lightning. The Transit and F-150 Lightning are seriously important vehicles for Ford, as they largely serve commercial customers.

Of course, running a fleet of electric vehicles in a business does pose certain challenges, but the company has already shown its possible, with several models already hard at work in California's wine region. To cater to ever-growing demands, Ford Pro has now launched a suite of commercial chargers. According to the company, consumers demand "complete solutions" to meet fleet operations.

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As such, the brand's charging hardware - which ranges from home chargers to large-scale depot charging systems - is supported by Ford's software, service, installation, and financing. Up to six new chargers are available, to suit the varying needs of consumers. Four depot-specific chargers are on offer, ranging from 60 kW to 180 kW. The Ford Pro Commercial DC Dispenser, for example, boasts a 10-inch screen, allowing users to manage and charge vehicles.

"These chargers can be completely customized to unique commercial environments and can work even better when paired together with Ford Pro electric vehicles and Telematics to enable OEM-grade data transparency," said Ford Pro CEO, Ted Cannis.

The Ford Industrial DC Dispenser allows users to plug in up to four vehicles at a time (sequentially) or three simultaneous vehicle charge sessions. Previously, Ford announced its Charge Station Pro, which brings with it a home integration system allowing F-150 Lightning owners to power their homes in the event of a blackout.

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The announcement of the charging hardware comes as the E-Transit is making its way to dealers across the country. Together with the F-150 Lightning, the Dearborn-based company is looking to dominate the commercial EV sphere, an untapped market. It won't have the segment all to itself, though - Ram recently announced the 2023 ProMaster range will be bolstered by a battery-powered model, and Chevrolet's Silverado EV also looks promising.

Ford responding to market needs with a comprehensive offering for fleet managers is clever. The company notes that, according to a survey, the move to EVs is worrying fleet managers who fear the complications that come with setting up a usable charging infrastructure. Ford Pro will assuage those concerns.

"Regardless of the size of their business or the industry they are in, we'll help them plan their charging infrastructure - whether it's installing home chargers for employees or developing a large-scale depot system - to make the transition to electric seamless," said Ford Pro Charging GM, Muffi Ghadiali.

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