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Ford and Schneider Electric develop Focus Electric charging package

As part of the agreement, both fleet and retail customers for the Focus Electric will be offered a Schneider EVLINK charging station, including installation by and a five-year warranty as part of the purchase or leasing package.

The unit allows a full charge of the battery-electric vehicle in just over three hours, Schneider said, in turn offering a range of up to 100 miles. Ford is planning to offer the same package for customers of the forthcoming C-Max plug-in hybrid, which launches in Europe in 2013.

Andreas Ostendorf, Ford of Europe’s vice president of sustainability, environment and safety developments, commented: ‘Together, we are offering drivers and fleet operators a flexible and efficient solution that allows them to charge their vehicles. The foundation for an optimal zero-emissions driving experience.’

Julio Rodriguez, executive vice president of global operations, Schneider Electric, said: ‘Through this partnership we are going to provide every user of an electric car from Ford a simple, efficient and sustainable charging station and developing the market for electric vehicles in Europe continue to push ahead.’

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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