Unlike Tesla, however, Ford did not build this charging network on its own. In collaboration with electric charging companies Greenlots and Electrify America, Ford has created what it calls the FordPass Charging Network. If needed, users will be directed to one of the network's chargers using an app or in the vehicle's central touch screen.
Next year, Ford will start selling an electric crossover SUV with styling based on the Ford Mustang. It is the first vehicle Ford has ever offered that was initially designed as an electric vehicle. That vehicle has not yet been revealed. An electric version of the Ford F-1
50 pickup is also under development.
The FordPass network will contain more than 12,000 charging stations with a total of 35,000 plugs in the United States and some parts of Canada. Tesla has 4,375 public charging stations with about 15,000 plugs in the United States, according to the Department of Energy.
Ford ( F ) electric vehicle owners will be able to pay for charging via the app without having to subscribe separately to individual charging networks. Greenlots, a subsidiary of Shell, runs the software behind the app.
Electrify America is building its electric car charging network with money from a deal that Volkswagen reached with US regulators over the car's diesel emissions scandal. Other charging network operators are expected to join the network, said a Greenlots spokeswoman.
Ford also announced that it is working with Amazon ( AMZN ) Home Services to install on-home chargers for customers purchasing a Ford electric car. Most electric car owners charge their cars at home or at work most of the time. Public chargers, such as those in the FordPass Charging Network, are most commonly used when drivers take longer road trips.
Earlier this year, General Motors ( GM ) announced it was working on a plan with the construction company Bechtel to build a large network of public chargers across America.