Ford aims to convince fence-sitters to eventually consider an electric vehicle by making charging stations simpler. The car manufacturer has established the FordPass Charging Network which includes 12,000 charging stations in North America with more than 35,000 plugs.
Clients who buy their next electronic devices, presumably including their Mustang-inspired electric SUVs, will be able to have free network access after two years from the moment they buy and activate their FordPass car account.* They will still have to pay for their electric device, however, what they can do via the FordPass or their car screen.
To order to bring together various charging firms, Ford partners with the shella-owned EV charging infrastructure company Greenlots. While not all participating charging companies are listed, Ford said that Volkswagen-backed Electrify America would offer owners access to DC fast chargers that can handle 10% to 80% battery power in 45 minutes. The company's director of global electrification Ted Cannis said:
"Among people who already own or want to purchase electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, 48 percent say that a lack of charging stations is one of their main concerns. By offering industry-leading charging access we are dismantling those barriers, allowing more customers to confidently enjoy the benefits of owning an electric vehicle."
The car manufacturer hopes that the charge network can help quench the fears of potential owners with their home charging options. With the Ford Mobile Charger that can be charged with a 120V or 240V home outlet, all its electric vehicles are supplied. Owners can also choose to pay an additional fee at the Ford Connected Fee Station, which offers networking.
Update: 10/17/19 6:25am: The update has already been updated to make it clear that owners still charge for cars.