Ford Pro has launched six new home and depot chargers in its portfolio of charging solutions, according to a March 8 announcement. The company said it's part of a goal to create a smooth transition for commercial customers into an electric future by providing a one-stop shop for fleet operations.
Ford Pro is unveiling a range of charging hardware, including home chargers and large-scale depot charging systems, backed with integrated installation, software, service, and Ford Pro FinSimple financing.
Ford Pro Charging hardware launches alongside the all-new 2022 Ford E-Transit shipping to dealers now and the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro slated to start arriving this spring, providing compatibility to customers who may operate other electric vehicles with secure OEM data.
“We are investing heavily in products and services to help commercial customers accelerate into an electric future, which means helping to ensure our hardware and software can plug and play with other manufacturers, as we know many customers operate mixed-make fleets,” said Ted Cannis, Ford Pro CEO. “These chargers can be completely customized to unique commercial environments and can work even better when paired together with Ford Pro electric vehicles and Telematics to enable OEM-grade data transparency.”
According to a recent survey conducted by PSB, nearly half of fleet managers find the setup of charging infrastructure to be a significant challenge, and a nearly equal number are concerned about finding optimal charging solutions. Ford Pro said its solution eases that headache, allowing customers to implement complete electric vehicle charging from start to finish with a turnkey solution and integrated hardware and software.
“It starts with sitting down with our customers to learn their business and how they plan to use their electric vehicles,” said Muffi Ghadiali, Ford Pro Charging general manager. “Regardless of the size of their business or the industry they are in, we’ll help them plan their charging infrastructure – whether it’s installing home chargers for employees or developing a large-scale depot system – to make the transition to electric seamless.”
Once the charge systems are up and running, Ford Pro will support commercial electric vehicle customers with Ford Pro E-Telematics and Ford Pro Charging software so fleet managers can track their fleets. This includes software for smart charging, pre-conditioning, remote monitoring, reimbursement management for home charging, and reporting to help save on energy costs, maximize vehicle efficiency, and uptime.
“Ford Pro is the only commercial services provider in North America to offer a range of services to help customers truly benefit from the advantages of going electric, including maximizing fleet efficiency and lowering costs, along with ongoing vehicle and charger maintenance,” said Ghadiali.
The charger lineup includes the 11.5-kilowatt Ford Pro AC Charging Station, the 180-kilowatt modular DC fast charging systems, and more. All charging options include:
According to the announcement, customers using public charging also get access to the BlueOval Charge Network – a public charging network in North America with more than 20,500 charge locations and 70,000 plugs and growing, with more than 7,300 DC fast charging plugs.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet