Ford and PlugShare Team Up to Help Ford C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi Drivers
Find Plugs with MyFord Mobile
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 7, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
oFord is teaming up with PlugShare^®, an industry-leading aggregator of
public charge stations, to provide real-time charge station information to
drivers of Ford's all-new plug-in hybrid vehicles – C-MAX Energi and
oFord is the only manufacturer to offer real-time charging station location
information through its smartphone app, MyFord^® Mobile
oThe collaboration will provide Ford customers comprehensive access to the
quickly growing number of public charge stations in the U.S. and Canada
oFord also announced its commitment to the Workplace Charging Challenge
with the Department of Energy, which aims to increase the number of U.S.
employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years
oPlugShare.com offers a unique advantage by aggregating publicly available
and crowd-sourced information on charging station locations along with
photos, reviews and check-ins
Ford's award-winning MyFord Mobile smartphone app and Web portal now features
a charging station finder powered by PlugShare.com and will be compatible with
the new Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles.
PlugShare^® brings a powerful new component to MyFord^® Mobile with its live
database of charging stations across North America. In addition to aggregating
publicly available lists of stations from a variety of sources, PlugShare
incorporates crowd-sourced information from users to provide the most
comprehensive dataset available.
"When we launched the MyFord Mobile app and portal for the Focus Electric last
year, it was the most advanced remote management app of its kind in the
industry," said Bill Frykman, business and product development manager. "We're
now expanding availability of the system to drivers of our new plug-in hybrids
and offering some unique features specifically tailored to these long-range
"It is a little known fact that the majority of charging stations are
currently free to use. By giving drivers a clear view of the reality of
charging, PlugShare and Ford are showing more and more drivers that now is a
great time to start driving on electricity," said Forrest North, CEO of
Xatori, maker of PlugShare. "With our real-time, crowd-sourcing features that
include photos, reviews and check-ins, PlugShare has quickly become one of the
largest and most popular charging station locators in North America. We are
thrilled an established industry leader such as Ford has chosen PlugShare for
In addition to an EPA-estimated rating of 21 miles of pure electric driving
range per charge, both C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi have an EPA-estimated
range of 620 miles on one tank of gas and one charge.
Owners of the first-ever Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles can now use their
smartphones from almost anywhere to monitor and manage the battery charging
process, find charging stations, check energy efficiency and earn achievements
for efficient driving.
The station finder component of the MyFord Mobile app now blends
point-of-interest search with charging station information from PlugShare.com
to let drivers take advantage of opportunistic charging wherever their
destination might be. Users can search for terms such as "pizza" or "Mexican
food" near a location and MyFord Mobile will display the results along with
the nearest available charge for each entry. Drivers can select a destination
based on proximity to a plug.
"Access to public charging allows our C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi customers
to drive more electric miles – helping improve our environmental footprint and
improve energy security," said Mike Tinskey, director, Vehicle Electrification
and Infrastructure. "We've seen impressive growth in the number of installed
public charge stations – growing from fewer than 3,000 units in 2010 to more
than 11,500 installed units in the U.S. today.
"This collaboration allows for Ford customers to access all the currently
installed stations, as well as gain immediate access to new charge stations as
they are installed," Tinskey added.
MyFord Mobile's trip and charge log has also been updated to provide drivers
with information about how efficiently they are using their plug-in hybrid
vehicle in both electric and hybrid mode. By taking advantage of available
data on electricity use, hybrid gas mileage and regenerative braking, the app
coaches drivers to adjust their driving style to be more efficient.
MyFord Mobile still lets plug-in hybrid owners check the state of charge of
the battery, get alerts if they forgot to plug the car in or if charging
stops, and take advantage of value charging for the lowest electricity rates
during off-peak hours. Drivers can also precondition the cabin temperature
while the car is plugged in to reduce the load on the drivetrain for enhanced
"We designed MyFord Mobile to provide owners of Ford plug-in vehicles with a
convenient way to monitor and manage their total energy usage, and we're
continually working to make the experience better," added Frykman.
MyFord Mobile is available in the Apple iOS App Store for iPhones and the
Google Play Store for Android phones. The MyFord Mobile Web portal is at
http://www.myfordmobile.com. Some features of the MyFord Mobile app including
point-of-interest search, trip and charge log, and achievements will become
available after the initial launch.
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 171,000 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
About Xatori Inc.
Xatori is a Palo Alto-based software company founded in 2010 that builds
innovative software for plug-in electric vehicles. Xatori's first product
PlugShare is the most popular and widely used charging station finder showing
more than 15,000 charging stations in North America. The information is
crowd-sourced and freely available through Android, iOS and the Web.The
company's GreenCharge and Charge Manager apps,
(http://www.greenchargeapp.com/, www.chargemanager.com) allows users and
fleets to view real-time battery data and to share the environmental and
monetary benefits of owning an electric vehicle. More on the company at:
SOURCE Ford Motor Company
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