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Published on April 3rd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Ford + GE = Big Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rollout

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April 3rd, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
 
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The first company that comes to mind when you think of electric vehicle leadership is probably Tesla, or perhaps Nissan or GM. However, Ford has been sneaking into a clear leadership position over the past year and a half. It has 3 plug-in electrified vehicles on the market (two plug-in hybrids and a fully electric model). Together, the two plug-in hybrid (Energi) models sit quite high on US EV sales charts.

If you can think of a single EV charging station manufacturer, there’s a good chance it’s GE. We’ve covered GE’s top-selling WattStation numerous times here on CleanTechnica.

Thanks to a long history working together and an eagerness to be leaders in the EV arena, Ford & GE recently announced a pretty big partnership that involves the installation of GE WattStations at all of Ford’s US and Canada facilities. This piggy-backs on GE’s purchase of 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids. Read more in this Planetsave repost:

GE & Ford Team Up To Provide Electric Car Charging At Ford Facilities Nationwide (via Planetsave)

Ford is doing a bit more to “walk the walk” when it comes to the electric car transition. Teaming up with GE — something it’s been doing since the founders of the two companies first partnered up — Ford will soon have electric car charging…

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  • Michael B

    Also note that in the discussion, they studiously avoided the issue of quick charging, one of the critically important and necessary developments for the growth and acceptance of EVs! Might this be because Ford and GE are way behind in that area? Does GE even make a quick charger? Why not?! Does Ford offer it as an option, or even have plans to?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Quick charging is about all that is needed. We’re (apparently) on our way to affordable 200 mile range cars.

      People with no place to park and charge are going to want to be able to charge in as few minutes as possible. People on a trip need to rapid charge. People who screw up and need a few extra miles to get home will also want to rapid charge.

      There will be no appreciable market for slower chargers. Even overnight charging at hotels requires only a regular 240 vac feed for the EV’s onboard charger.

  • Matt

    Notice no mention of Ford dealerships, I guess they have to cut their own deal. Not even that dealer can get the the bulk discount rate along with Ford if they wanted to.

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