It's not the EV leader, but Ford is certainly contributing to the electric vehicle movement. In fact, the company says its drivers collectively account for about 100,000 purely electric driving miles a day and that number could soon increase substantially. The company has already deployed more than 1,700 charging stations at its North American dealerships and other facilities, and is gearing up to add about 200 more at 50 locations. The new stations will be installed at factories, offices and product-development facilities between now and the end of 2014.
Ford owners collectively drive 100,000 EV miles a day.
Already, Ford says its electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids have traveled 30 million miles on electric power only, reducing CO2 emissions by about 2.64 million pounds in the process. Those numbers will continue to increase since Ford set all-time sales records for the Fusion Energy and C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrids in August. Overall, Ford's green-vehicle sales last month almost quadrupled from a year earlier to about 8,300 plug-ins and hybrids.
Better yet, Ford is footing the charging bill for its plug-in driving employees, at least for the first four hours of charging. The company estimates that the recharge will cost the company about 50 cents a pop while saving workers about $2 worth of gas. The electric miles information above comes from the MyFord Mobile app and Ford will collect vehicle recharging data from the stations, proving, as always, that Big Blue Oval Brother is indeed watching. Check out Ford's press release below.
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
• Ford launches new workplace charging network, allowing more employees to accomplish their daily commute entirely on electricity
• Ford customers now have logged 30 million all-electric miles in the company's full range of plug-in electric vehicles, saving more than 1.2 million kilograms of CO2
• Ford delivered its best August U.S. electrified vehicle sales ever with 8,292 vehicles sold, up 288 percent over the same period a year ago. August marks the 11th consecutive month Ford achieved electrified vehicle sales records
More Ford employees soon will be able to drive to work entirely on electricity, thanks to a new workplace charging network being installed at nearly every Ford facility in the U.S. and Canada.
Ford plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its company offices, product development campuses and manufacturing facilities. Installation will begin later this year and roll out across company facilities throughout 2014.
"Ford's commitment to sustainability extends beyond our fuel-efficient vehicles to include our daily workplace," said Mike Tinskey, Ford global 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 our part to help grow that infrastructure."
Ford employees will be able to charge the all-electric Focus Electric, as well as Ford's two plug-in hybrids – the Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi – at the charge stations. The service will initially be free to employees 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.
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.
Ford already has more than 1,700 charging stations at Ford dealerships and company facilities in North America. The new workplace chargers will add approximately 200 more.
Throughout the U.S. and Canada, the number of charge stations – both public and residential – is growing rapidly. In 2009, there were 3,000 known public charge stations. Today, there are more than 20,000.
30 million electric miles
Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi drivers typically make three of their four daily trips in all-electric mode, based on data from Ford's MyFord Mobile app. In fact, every 10 days, Ford customers drive approximately 1 million miles on electricity alone. In total, Ford customers now have logged 30 million all-electric miles driving the full range of plug-in vehicles, saving more than 1.2 million kilograms of CO2.
Current customer data from the Fusion Energi and CMAX Energi is showing that three of every four trips are accomplished on electricity alone. By adding another charge during the day at the workplace, it is likely that employees will be able to accomplish all of their work week trips without using gasoline.
Electrified vehicle sales success The popularity of Ford's electrified vehicles led to the company's best-ever retail U.S. sales results for Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles in August. That contributed to Ford's best August electrified vehicle sales ever, with 8,292 vehicles sold, up 288 percent over the same period a year ago.
August also marked the 11th consecutive month Ford achieved electrified vehicle sales records. Nearly two-thirds of new Ford electrified vehicle sales are coming from buyers trading in other car brands.
About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.