Whatever you may think about Ford’s efforts to sell its plug-in vehicles, when it comes to workplace charging, the company is forging ahead. It currently has 200 charging stations at 50 facilities in the US and Canada, and it plans to triple that number to 600 in the next two years.
Ford recently conducted a three-year study on employee charging and driving behaviors, and found that 60% of employees who drive EVs said that Ford’s workplace charging network influenced their purchase or lease decisions. Since September 2014, Ford employees have charged their vehicles at work more than 165,000 times, providing around 2 million miles of electric driving.
Some employees complained of the inconvenience of having to move their vehicles once they are fully charged, inspiring Ford to expand its charging network to accommodate the existing demand, which it expects to grow in the future.
“Work is the second most likely place people charge their electric vehicles,” said Sustainability Manager Steve Henderson. “If we give people the ability to charge when they’re at work, we can significantly up the potential for mass market adoption of electrified vehicle technology.”