Ford Pro, a separate business within Ford focused on commercial customers, launched Ford Pro Charging, a new software for electric commercial vehicle charging. The comprehensive solutions is conceived to reduce maintenance costs, minimize emissions and drive down total cost of ownership and help ease this transition by delivering intuitive software and commercial hardware infrastructure to support charging and energy management.
Ford Pro Charging can work with EVs from several OEMs
«Our current fleet of connected vehicles allow us to learn from existing fleet behaviors so we can build the right infrastructure and the right charge management software», declared Muffi Ghadiali, Head of Ford Pro Charging. «Let’s say the customer fleet returns around 10 p.m. planning to go back out starting at 5 a.m. You have a limited window for charging and have to make charging decisions in a highly dynamic environment. Does every vehicle need to be fully charged? Can we balance charge power against the available charging window to take advantage of low overnight energy rates? Ford Pro Charging accounts for a multitude of variables and controls each charge station precisely to optimize energy costs and ensure vehicle uptime».
The Ford Pro software solution is designed to interoperate with electric vehicles from a multitude of OEMs and vehicle classes – from forklifts to heavy-duty trucks. The software solution enables remote monitoring and management and can relay charge rate, optimal charge times and service alerts. In conjunction with Ford Pro E-Telematics, features such as battery pre-conditioning can maximize range and battery performance. Powerful insights and data are integrated in a seamless user experience for fleets, meaning customers can manage their vehicles and fleet operations with a single account that gives them access to the full suite of management and E-Telematics solutions.
Nearly 900,000 full-size trucks and vans in the US by 2030
Ford Pro expects the depot charging industry to grow to nearly 900,000 full-size trucks and vans in the US by 2030. While some fleets need the control and certainty of depot chargers ‘behind the fence’ on company property, others may not have the business model or desire to make an investment in depot charging infrastructure. The software has them covered, too. For fleet drivers needing to charge overnight at home, Ford Pro offers a complete solution from home charger installation to software capabilities for tracking, reporting and simplifying driver reimbursement.