The Ford Pro division of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn is launching six new home and depot chargers to its end-to-end portfolio of charging solutions with the goal of creating a smooth transition for commercial customers into an electric future.
According to Ford, customers are demanding complete solutions designed to meet the needs of commercial fleet operations. Ford Pro’s new charging hardware — from home chargers to large-scale depot charging systems — all are backed with integrated installation, software, service, and Ford Pro FinSimple financing.
Ford Pro Charging hardware is launching alongside the all-new 2022 Ford E-Transit, shipping to dealers now, and the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro, which is slated to start arriving this spring.
“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,” says Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro. “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, the shift to electrification is causing anxiety among fleet managers, with nearly half finding the setup of charging infrastructure to be a significant challenge for their companies, and a nearly equal number concerned about finding optimal charging solutions.
To address these concerns, Ford Pro says it helps customers implement complete electric vehicle charging from start to finish by offering a full-service team of experts with decades of experience in commercial project development and installations. Ford Pro Charging, the company says, seamlessly integrates hardware and software solutions designed to manage their electric fleet charging requirements.
“It starts with sitting down with our customers to learn their business and how they plan to use their electric vehicles,” says Muffi Ghadiali, general manager of Ford Pro Charging. “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 continue to support commercial electric vehicle customers with Ford Pro™ E-Telematics and Ford Pro Charging software solutions so fleet managers can better 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,” Ghadiali says.
Beyond specific charging installations, customers using public charging also get access to the BlueOval Charge Network — with more than 20,500 charge locations and 70,000 plugs and growing, with more than 7,300 DC fast charging plugs‡.
For customers who experience charging needs when power grids go down or infrastructure is under construction, Ford Pro Charging can connect with a large network of suppliers for mobile charging solutions to help solve unique commercial charging needs.
To learn more about Ford Pro Charge solutions, visit the Ford Pro website.