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Ford launches employee charging network across US and Canada

Ford already has more than 1,700 charging stations at Ford dealerships and company facilities in North America. The new workplace chargers will add approximately 200 more.

Installation will begin later this year and roll out across company facilities throughout 2014.

The service will initially be free to employees for the first four hours. Ford estimates it will cost the company about 50 cents to fully charge a vehicle, saving employees up to $2 in gasoline each day.

The chargers will be networked together, enabling the company to gather additional information on electrified vehicle use, such as the number of hours vehicles are charging and the amount of CO2 reduced.

Current customer data from the Fusion Energi and CMAX Energi is showing that three of every four trips are accomplished on electricity alone. By adding another charge during the day at the workplace, the carmaker says it is likely that employees will be able to accomplish all of their work week trips without using gasoline.

Natalie Middleton

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