September 27, 2012 — Ford Motor Co. and Schneider Electric are joining forces to deliver an electric vehicle charging solution for homes and businesses across Europe.
Ford's partnership with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, will provide battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle customers — including owners of the forthcoming Focus Electric — with a charging solution.
The Schneider Electric EVLINK electric vehicle charging station will deliver a solution to customers in all European markets where Ford BEVs and PHEVs are on sale.
Ford and Schneider Electric have worked together to ensure the stations are optimized for Ford's electric vehicle products. Focus Electric customers, in regions with compatible electricity supply specifications, will be able to fully charge their batteries in little more than three hours.
In addition, Ford and Schneider Electric will offer Focus Electric customers the opportunity to purchase their electricity from green energy partners, providing certified renewable energy from new installations. This will provide customers with the option of making their Ford electric driving experience carbon neutra driving.
In Germany renewable energy will be delivered for example by the Cologne energy provider RheinEnergie — a company that recently installed a 1.2 MW solar panel system on the roof of a Ford facility in Cologne. The electricity from this installation will specifically supply the energy for charging Ford Focus Electric models that will go on sale next year.
Ford will announce further cooperation with energy providers in other countries closer to the launch of the Focus Electric in Europe.