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25 Apr 22

Ford launches total charging solution for e-LCVs

Ford Pro has launched a total charging solution for light commercial vehicle fleets across Europe. Ford Pro Charging consultants will work with fleets to develop a charging strategy and to support the installation of depot and workplace charge points alongside software to optimise of the charging process.

The launch coincides with the introduction of the new e-Transit range that encompasses four new all-electric models – the Transit Custom one-tonne van and Tourneo Custom multi-purpose vehicle in 2023, and the smaller Transit Courier van and Tourneo Courier multi‑purpose vehicle in 2024. Ford has also announced that it will unveil another all-electric LCV on May 9.

Iza Lozowska, European manager, Ford Pro Charging, said: “Ford Pro Charging offers fleets a single, integrated solution covering the entire charging process. We will work hand-in-hand with them to future‑proof their business by finding the right charging strategy, making the switch to electric vehicles as simple as possible.”

E-Telematics

Ford Pro’s E‑Telematics software (free for one year for E-Transit customers) will give fleet managers the tools to ensure their vehicles are charged and provide range status. Fleets will be able to set alerts for when batteries are running low on charge. The system will also signal if a vehicle is not charging when it should be, and deliver management information, such as kWh consumption, charge speed, and distance to empty.

For depot-based fleets with their own charge points, Ford Pro Charging’s software means can manage the simultaneous charging of multiple vehicles, automatically evaluating each individual vehicle’s duty cycle and charge level, for maximum efficiency and uptime. This allows fleet managers to schedule charging at pre-selected times (to take advantage of off-peak energy tariffs) or until a certain state of battery charge is achieved. Alternatively, fleets can specify the charging of high-priority vehicles that might, for example, need an early start.

Home charging

Where e-LCV drivers take their vehicles home overnight, a Ford Connected Wallbox will charge vans and automatically send charging reports to a fleet manager’s centralised system. The home charger is activated by a unique key fob to avoid fraud and ensure fleets only receive relevant charge reports. Ford Pro software then generates usage reports so businesses can reimburse drivers for home charging.

And if drivers need to use public charge points, Ford Pro gives access to a network of 300,000-plus charge points across Europe via the Blue Oval Charging Network, providing automatic payments and centralised billing via a unique charge card for each e-van.

Images: Ford

 

Authored by: Jonathan Manning