Ford drives into the electric-vehicle charging wars

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With it, owners will have access to 35,000 charge connectors and more than 12,000 places to charge, according to Ford. That's what we're doing for our whole electrification plan: "a seamless experience, so that jumping from internal combustion engines is not such a big deal". Instead it'll simply provide drivers access to them.

For the past 5 years, United States automakers have been standing around with their hands in their pockets waiting for someone, anyone, to construct charging networks for the electric cars they may have to build one day.

"Customers will be able to manage their charging plan through features of the company's FordPass app, as well as through their vehicle's touch screen, that will be supported by a comprehensive data feed from Electrify America".

Being part of Ionity seems to have had an impact on Ford's thinking in America, causing it to buddy up with Electrify America for high speed charging along major transportation routes and other networks for community-based charging.

Ford, unlike Tesla, did not build its own stations. The company says users can charge up to 47 miles in 10 minutes with its 150-kilowatt chargers, or almost fill up during a typical meal on the road.

But Ford users have an advantage in that they can go check their apps or dashboard for the closest station and make an in-app purchase rather than subscribing to the individual networks. This isn't as good as Tesla, but it's worth noting that the market continues to evolve.

Ford has things covered for those planning to install their own chargers at home, too. The pioneering electric-car maker has long promoted its destination and Supercharger network as a key differentiator for its premium vehicles. No other manufacturer has that range yet, so these other cars need relatively more frequent charging.

The FordPass Charging Network is not quite as tall an order as it sounds, because the Blue Oval isn't suggesting it'll plant 12,000 new stations. But it also means that it could lead to more mass-market appeal with positive kickbacks for Tesla, which is already seeing more demand than it can handle.

It costs an estimated $1.21 per gallon to charge an electric vehicle, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which is less than half of the current national average cost for a gallon of gas: $2.65. This can further increase EV appeal.

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