Ford Unveils Free Charging Infrastructure for 2016 C-Max Energi

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Nissan calls its program “No Charge to Charge;” Tesla Motors offers several options with a significant array of superchargers. And now, Ford. One thing is clear as the bright blue sky; the industry needs the infrastructure if it wants its drivers to transit from gasoline to EV.
FoMoCo has shaken hands with EVgo to offer three years of complimentary charging to California and Maryland customers with its pilot EV 1-2-3 Charge program. E-juice for free comes at a cost, though, as you have to purchase or lease a 2016 Ford C-Max Energi if you want to be among those targeted.

However, EV 1-2-3 will provide unlimited, complimentary charging sessions of four hours each at more than 500 EVgo public stations across the nation. For those wondering where these pit stops are located, you’ll want to know the company uses places where people tend to go often, such as popular shopping and dining locations that are conveniently located and easy to find.

Ford claims the C-Max Energi needs about 2.5 hours for a full charge using one of these stations, considering they use 240-volt infrastructure, as opposed to the standard 110-volt outlet. “EV 1-2-3 Charge is a great way for customers to get the most out of their C-MAX Energi,” said Stephanie Janczak, Ford manager, electrification, and infrastructure. “We’re coupling a fun, versatile, environmentally conscious car with a complimentary charge program that is easy to use and can reduce the cost of ownership. It’s a win-win.”

The new service - available through October 1, 2016 - will also be implemented in the company’s app, starting next month. Moreover, the MyFord Mobile app and website are integrated with SYNC 3 - the vehicle’s in-car communications and entertainment system. So what? Well, that helps you find the closest charging station.

As a matter of fact, FoMoCo claims it will allow plug-in electric vehicle owners to have a seamless connected car experience. This way, drivers will be able to quickly lock and unlock their car, find where they parked, access charge status, mileage and driving efficiency, as well as schedule charging times.
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