Ford Pro Expands Charging Solutions for Commercial Customers

Ford Pro, the commercial transportation and fleets division at Ford Motor Co, has revealed a new Series 2 AC Charging Station 80 Amp as well as expanded DC Fast Charger stations. Aimed towards commercial buyers, the new Series 2 is simplified with easier service and maintenance requirements.

The new Series 2 includes a detachable cable for maintenance and security, a built-in RFID reader for simpler fleet control management, and the ability to switch the cable as standards change. Over-the-air updates for firmware and vehicle compatibility are also included.

“We’re committed to helping businesses make the transition to electric easy with a single-minded focus on curated commercial charging solutions,” said Ted Cannis, Ford Pro CEO. “With our tailored EV consulting and portfolio of charging hardware and software solutions, we can design, implement and operate solutions for Ford and other brands that will last for many years to come. And we are not afraid to tell customers when electrification is not yet a good fit and support them with other solutions.”

Available for pre-order, the system will begin shipping later this year. The

Series 2 AC Charging Station 80 amp comes with features that simplify and help improve the charging experience at the workplace for fleet operators and their drivers including:

  • Enhanced security with RFID that limits unwanted charger access. Fleet operators can issue a unique Ford Pro RFID card1 to control access to chargers enabling charging sessions to be limited to specific individuals or vehicles, by specifying day and times for access. The new RFID software also supports Ford and non-Ford vehicles unlocking the ability for fleet operators to track energy reports through Ford Pro’s charging management software.
  • Improved detachable cable and connector reduces time and expense of charger repairs avoiding replacement of the entire charging station if a cable or connector is damaged.
  • Wide range of connectivity options with cellular pre-configured and optional Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity for locations with restricted cellular coverage.
  • The new Series 2 AC Charging Station 80 Amp will be ISO-15118 ready and equipped to enable future functionality over the air such as advanced vehicle to charger communications that can identify and log when a specific vehicle connects. Ford Pro designed the new hardware to be ready for the future, so customers are better prepared for new electric vehicles and capabilities to come.
  • New LCD screen on the Series 2 charger displays step-by-step instructions to initiate charging and important information including charge duration, fault alerts, energy usage, and more.
  • Temperature sensors to monitor and alert for overheating by derating the charger automatically.
  • Extended operating temperature range of -40C (-40F) to 50C (122F) and operating altitude of up to 3500m to serve the needs of customers in more places.
  • The new Ford Pro charging hardware is backed by a 3-year warranty on charger parts and labor and continues to provide around-the-clock tech support to help increase uptime and productivity for customers.
  • Ford Pro Telematics, chargers, software and service work seamlessly to provide fleet operators and managers with a single solution to monitor their vehicle network 24/7.

Ford Pro is also extended DC Fast Charger options in the 180 kW and 240 kW range. Aluminum pedestals now have an improved cable retractor and better look. These new DC Fast Charger units are also available for pre-order.

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