Ford’s EVs Will Come With Access to Multiple Charging Networks

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Electric vehicle drivers have more public chargers than they did just a few years ago. But to access all those chargers, drivers still need to navigate a range of different charging companies that each have their own account and payment systems. Some use apps, some use RFID chips, some ask you to swipe a credit card.

"The feedback we’ve been getting from EV drivers is that this is one of the biggest pain points," said Harmeet Singh, CTO at charging services company Greenlots, a subsidiary of Shell.

The answer: interoperability standards, or the electric driving equivalent of cell phone roaming. European charging companies have been moving in that direction, and North America is starting to catch up.

When Ford launches a "Mustang-inspired SUV" next year, the FordPass Charging Network will let drivers access a roster of the biggest charging networks in North America without signing up for a half dozen accounts. At launch, the network will include more than 12,000 charging stations with more than 35,000 plugs, the company said.

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