Ford plans to more than quadruple the number of dealers selling its line of plug-in electric vehicles. The Detroit News reported that the company will have 900 certified dealers across the country by this spring, up from the current 200 or so. This means that about a third of US Ford dealers will be able sell the company’s EV and PHEV offerings.
In order for a Ford dealer to be certified to sell plug-ins, sales and service staff must undergo special training, and at least two charging stations must be installed.
MyFord Mobile, a smartphone app that Ford developed for the Focus Electric, will soon also be available for the C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids. The free app, which comes in both Apple and Android versions, allows drivers to view their state of charge, schedule charging sessions, and pre-heat or cool the vehicle’s cabin.
MyFord Mobile is now integrated with PlugShare, a service which displays the locations of public charging stations, and even participating private stations.