Ford figures that 11,000 electric-vehicle driving homeowners can't be wrong. The US automaker has tapped AeroVironment as its official vendor for Level 2 home-charging systems.

AeroVironment is offering one-day installations of 240-volt systems at the homes of Ford C-Max, Fusion plug-in and Focus Electric drivers. With the Level 2 systems, the plug-in hybrids can be fully recharged in under three hours, while the Focus EV can be juiced up in less than four hours.

Through April, Ford sold almost 3,000 plug-ins vehicles, more than half of which are C-Max Energi PHEVs. By comparison, Nissan has sold almost 5,500 Leafs, while General Motors has moved 5,550 Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-ins.

Last fall, AeroVironment crossed the 10,000-station installation threshold in North America. The company was named the preferred home-charger-installation vendor of Nissan way back in 2010. Check out AeroVironment's press release below.
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Ford Selects AeroVironment to Provide Complete Home Charging Solution for Plug-In Electric Vehicle Customers

AeroVironment becomes Ford's sole provider of turnkey charging station installation, warranty service and onsite support

A 240-volt charger will cut charge time by more than half for Ford plug-in vehicles: C-MAX Energi, Fusion Energi and Focus Electric

One-day installation and cash-and-carry purchase of Ford branded charging stations now available

MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced its selection by Ford Motor Company as the preferred installation partner and authorized charging station supplier for the Ford Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in electric vehicles. Ford plug-in customers can now purchase a Ford-approved 240-volt charger and schedule a turnkey professional installation with a single telephone call to AeroVironment at 1 (888) 219-6747. Soon customers will also have a web-based option for ordering their home charging package or purchasing their charging station.

"AeroVironment looks forward to delivering a complete home charging solution to Ford plug-in customers so they can enjoy the benefits and convenience of faster charging and cleaner driving"
AeroVironment brings extensive experience in plug-in electric vehicle charging solutions to Ford, with more than 11,000 charging stations deployed across North America. In addition to charging hardware, the company also offers the convenience of turnkey, professional installation performed by its nationwide network of certified installers and supported by a three-year onsite parts and labor warranty. Many customers will have the opportunity to schedule a charging station installation in a single visit, without the need for a preliminary site consultation, depending on local regulations and the layout of their property.

"AeroVironment looks forward to delivering a complete home charging solution to Ford plug-in customers so they can enjoy the benefits and convenience of faster charging and cleaner driving," said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Efficient Energy Systems business segment. "Turning home garages into electric vehicle refueling stations with a single telephone call is one of several ways we work with transportation leaders like Ford to make it easy for drivers to enjoy the benefits of plug-in electric vehicles."

AeroVironment's 240-volt home charging package gives plug-in drivers more time and freedom. Ford's plug-in hybrid models, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi, will recharge in 2.5 hours, giving drivers another 21 miles of all-electric driving. The Focus Electric will be ready for 76 miles of all-electric driving in less than 4 hours. By comparison, charging the Focus Electric from a standard 120-volt wall outlet can require 18 to 20 hours for a full recharge.

About AeroVironment

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, operates and supports an advanced portfolio of electric transportation solutions and electric-powered Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). AeroVironment's comprehensive EV charging solutions include EV home charging, public charging, fast charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications and complete installation, training and support services for consumers, automakers, utilities, government agencies and businesses. AeroVironment's industrial electric vehicle charging systems support thousands of electric materials handling vehicles in mission-critical supply chains for Fortune 500 enterprises. AeroVironment's power cycling and test systems provide EV developers and EV battery manufacturers with market-leading simulation and cycling capabilities. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's electric-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication. More information is available at www.avinc.com and www.evsolutions.com.

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Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors outside of our control, that may cause our business, strategy or actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the activities of competitors; failure of the markets in which we operate to grow; failure to expand into new markets; failure to develop new products or integrate new technology with current products; and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Apropos this being a glorified extension cord. Nissan has a portable one that's just a small box on the cable http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f70kwMoXFZg/Th3V1vKjlLI/AAAAAAAAAds/Hed9p_uXsCs/s640/120charger.jpg and it could easily be much smaller. It could all fit in the j1772 handle and the rest is just a normal mains cable and plug. You can do that with 16A, 32A or even 80A. No stupid empty box on the wall required.
      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aerovironment does seem to have reliable chargers. I've been using one for my Leaf over 2 years without any issue. Also, of all of the public charging stations I've used inDF/W the only ones that never seem to be broken are the aerovironment units. On a side note.. I'm surprised it would take 3 hours to charge up one of Ford's plug-in hybrid models being the size of their battery pack. I'd expect it to be about half of that. They must have used a pretty weak charger.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David Murray
        Yes, the charger in the Energi is is a slower charger. Charging at 6.6kW into a 7.6kWh pack would be going nearly as fast (measured in C) as a Tesla 85kWh supercharging at 90kWh. Ford probably just didn't sport for the extra pack monitoring required to go that fast safely.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David Murray
        I went from 3 miles left to 21 miles of charge in about 1 hour and 50 minutes. It dropped to 18 miles though in the first mile or so of night time driving.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David Murray
        "Also, of all of the public charging stations I've used inDF/W the only ones that never seem to be broken..." Who is responsible for maintenance on those? What are the most common causes of failures? How long are they out of service before being repaired?
      Vlad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Install one yourself. It's not that hard.
        lad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vlad
        Why just install your own? How about building your own EVSE: https://code.google.com/p/open-evse/
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vlad
        Indeed. It is merely running a 240V line from your circuit breaker to the EVSE.
      Ronald Kramer
      • 1 Year Ago
      An open letter to Ford from a customer 11 March 2013 I thought my 2013 C-MAX would be a Prius Killer? NOT! As a returning Ford buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US jobs. What was Ford thinking when they published 47/47/47 estimates? Based on the advertised EPA estimates, I would have been OK with low 40’s...but 28-33 mpg is not even in the ballpark. This is not an issue about EPA testing standards, but rather an issue about setting false customer expectations in order to promote sales. Ford’s “47MPG” marketing campaign tarnished what should have been the roll-out of a truly remarkable vehicle, the CMAX. Real-world MPG estimates should have been promoted in the mid-30’s. No one would have questioned those numbers and the CMAX would have received the accolades it deserves. How these MPG estimates made it through Ford corporate is beyond me! Maybe it was the rush to go to market? I have been accused of not knowing how to drive hybrid. For the record, during the last three years I have leased both a 2010 Prius and 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid, and consider myself an experienced hyper-miler. My mileage in the Prius is 50-plus, the Insight is 40-plus. The C-MAX is a well-built car, with extremely inflated EPA estimates. I respectfully request that this matter be investigated as soon as possible. My efforts to deal with this locally and through Ford customer service have frustrated me to no end. The constant response? “You need to learn to how to drive a hybrid type of vehicle.” Is there a difference how I drive Prius Hybrid vs. the CMAX hybrid? I think we all know the answer to that. I need someone at Ford to reach out to me and assist in a proactive manner so we can put this matter to rest. Ronald Kramer Yankee Ford Customer South Portland, Maine