Today Ford announced their decision to use GE charging stations for its workplace charging network. Ford plans to install the GE WattStation™ stations at more than 50 of its facilities throughout 2014. The stations will be networked together, allowing Ford to gather information such as the number of hours vehicles are charging and the amount of carbon dioxide reduced.
Ford and GE participated in a Google Hangout today to discuss the Future of Energy.
Hear from Nick Aster, will speak with Mike Tinskey, Ford Motor Company’s Global Director Electrification and Infrastructure; Haukur (Hawk) Asgeirsson, Manager of Power Systems Technologies at DTE Energy Company; and Deb Frodl, Global Executive Director of General Electric’s Ecomagination.
Ford Motor Company in conjunction with GE, will supply vehicle charging stations at Ford facilities nationwide, beginning with facilities in and around its headquarters.
The announcement continues the innovative cooperation begun more than 100 years ago between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, co-founder of GE.
This month, Ford will begin installing GE WattStation™ charging stations across its North American campuses, developing a workplace charging network at nearly every Ford facility in the United States and Canada.
“Ford’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond our fuel-efficient vehicles to include our daily workplace,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure. “We know that a growing electrified vehicle infrastructure is key to making plug-in vehicles a viable option for more consumers. Ford is committed to doing its part to help develop that infrastructure.”
With the new charging network, Ford employees commuting to their jobs from up to 21 miles away in plug-in hybrid vehicles – Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi – may be able to drive entirely on electric power to and from work. Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi have an EPA-estimated MPG ratings 44 city, 41highway and 43 combined and have an EPA-estimated range of 21 miles electric. Drivers of the electric-only Focus Electric, which has an EPA-estimated range of 76 miles on a full charge, will have even more gas-free commuting potential*.
Ford plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 60 of its offices, product development campuses and manufacturing facilities. Installation will begin at Ford’s southeast Michigan facilities and roll out across other facilities throughout 2014.