Is Ford planning to build its own DC fast charging network?

One of the reasons for Tesla’s huge head start over other EV-makers is its comprehensive, convenient (and, for early buyers, free) Supercharger network. Now a member of the Mach-E Club has uncovered a hint that Ford plans to build its own DC fast charging network.

A trademark filing at the US Patent and Trademark Office shows that Ford applied for a trademark on the name Fastor Charge, and an accompanying logo, back in 2018. The trademark has now objections “published for opposition,” which means that members of the public are invited to file any opposition they may have to the trademark. This is a necessary step to the trademark being approved, something like the preacher’s “If anyone objects to this marriage, speak now or forever hold your peace.”

The application doesn’t reveal any details about the planned network, but it clearly states that the trademark refers to “charging stations for electric vehicles.” We don’t know what kind of chargers Ford is planning to deploy, but the name Fastor Charge certainly implies that DC fast charging is what it has in mind.

Of course, Ford has already partnered with existing charging networks, including Electrify America, Electrify Canada and Europe’s IONITY. Ford Mach-E drivers should have no trouble finding a place to charge on the highway. However, the company may well decide, as some other EV-makers have, that having its own branded charging stations is another selling point.

Source: Mach-E Club

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