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Published on July 31st, 2012 | by James Ayre

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Ford’s New App Keeps Track of the Explosion in New Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

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July 31st, 2012 by  

 
Ford has just released an app for smartphones that keeps track of the rapidly growing number of electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S. The app is updated daily and contains the location of more than 9,400 public charging stations. The app also allows owners of Ford vehicles to remotely manage charging and view their current battery level.

“MyFord® Mobile is an app developed by Ford engineers that can only be used with Ford Focus Electric and the soon-to-be-available C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids. In addition to locating charging stations, the app allows customers to manage remote charging, view current battery status and plan trips,” a news release emailed to CleanTechnica stated.

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“The charging station locator 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. Stations are popping up all over, too – from local grocery stores in Pittsburgh, churches in Austin, Texas, and hospitals in Portland to places like McDonald’s, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Walgreens, Target, Cracker Barrel and Walmart.”

“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.

Rapid updates are important because of the rapid growth of new stations — there are now 9,445 public stations in the U.S., according to current U.S. Department of Energy numbers. In 2009, there were only around 2,500 public charging stations in the U.S.

“In addition to having innovative features that allow customers to minimize their transportation costs and maximize their EV driving range, MyFord Mobile also is the only mobile app that integrates up-to-date charge station locations real-time within the application,” said Tinskey.

“I cannot recall another time in our history when there was so much momentum and resources around an energy shift for transportation,” he says. “Not only are these charge stations a boost for consumers thinking about a plug-in hybrid vehicle, but they also provide a glimpse of how things will likely take shape in the future.”

The rapid rise in the number of charging stations is because people see electric vehicle adoption “as a foregone conclusion,” says J.R. DeShazo, director of UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation, “with the only remaining question pertaining to how quickly adoption takes place.”

“As automakers like Ford meet drivers’ needs, excite drivers – and at the same time provide them with vehicles that lower refueling costs and provide greater environmental and social benefits – the quicker we’re going to see these important technologies and important vehicles adopted.”

More information about Ford’s electrified vehicle lineup – including press releases, technical specifications and other related material – can be found on the Ford website.

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • Bob_Wallace

    “Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, who have done an amazing amount of green technology research in recent years, recently announced they’re developing a prototype “eco-routing” navigation system that could, under the right conditions, help drivers of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf increase their daily range by at least 10 percent. The system works by taking into account real-time traffic information, road type and grade, and passenger and cargo weight to help develop a routing algorithm that finds the route requiring the least amount of energy for a trip.”
    http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/GPS-Prototype-Fights-EV-Range-Anxiety-With-Data/ 

    Guidance systems will get quite sophisticated.  They will soon tell you whether you need to stop for a charge, where to stop, and make a charger reservation for you.  And they’ll let you know if you can change your route a bit and make it home without grabbing a few watts. 

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Thanks. Saw that on SciDaily.

  • anderlan

    FoxNation headline: “Clean energy blog says:
    Explosion in New Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles”

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      LOL, seriously! :D :D

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