In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Ford becomes the pioneer of workplace charging network. They are installing these stations at nearly every Ford facility in the U.S. and Canada, enabling the employees to accomplish their daily commute to work entirely on electricity.
This service will allow Ford employees to charge their electric cars – Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi – free for the first four hours. Ford estimates it will cost the company about 50 cents to fully charge a vehicle, saving employees up to $2 in gasoline each day.
Apart from saving money, this plan will also let Ford to put on a green face. Ford’s workplace EV chargers are different from competitor programs in that they will be networked together. As a result, the company will be able to gather additional information on electrified vehicle use, such as the number of hours vehicles are charging and the amount of CO2 reduced. These are good for bragging rights.
Ford plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its company offices, product development campuses and manufacturing facilities. As for the public charging stations, while the number of available units is growing in the U.S., Ford does not have an immediate plan to expand it.