Ford just announced the release of its new MyFord mobile app, which will help EV drivers find more than 9,400 public charging stations across the U.S. The app has been designed to be used with the Ford Focus Electric, the C-MAX Energi and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid models. In addition to locating charging stations, the app allows customers to manage remote charging, view current battery status and plan trips.
The new MyFord Mobile app has a charging station locator that is powered by MapQuest and provides important details about charging stations in close proximity to the owner’s vehicle, such as street address and hours of operation. “As more stations join the grid, MyFord Mobile users will be among the first to know because information about charger locations is constantly being culled from various sources to provide the most up-to-date data,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford’s manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure.
Up-to-date information is important because there are now 9,445 public stations in the U.S., according to current U.S. Department of Energy numbers. By comparison, there were about 2,500 public charging stations in the U.S. at the end of 2009.
Ford also recently the release of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, which will be available this fall. The C-MAX Energi has the ability to travel up to 20 miles in full electric mode and only takes 2.5 hours to fully recharge using a 240-volt charger. Ford will also release the Fusion Energi, the Fusion plug-in hybrid later this fall.