Like all good bloggers should, we follow our search traffic, looking into what drives people to our site. One subject that seems to be very popular are questions surrounding the Energi line and electric vehicles, most specifically questions around charging the vehicles, what is included, what you can and can not do. In this blog article I will attempt to answer some of these commonly asked questions.
Currently, Ford offers two vehicles in this class, The Ford Fusion Energi and the Ford C-Max Energi.
What are the c-max energi and fusion energi charging time on 120V?
You can recharge overnight in 7 hours using a standard 120-volt outlet
What is the charging time on 240V?
Recharged in just 2.5 hours using the available UL-listed, weather-resistant Leviton®(1) 240-volt home charging station recommended by Ford, which can be purchased and installed through a partnership with the Best Buy Geek Squad.
Does the vehicle come with a cord?
Yes, a 120V charging cord does come with the vehicle. The 240-volt charging station is offered separately through Best Buy.
Can i plug directly in to a 220V outlet?
While many customers have a 220v outlet in their home or garage, there is currently not a way to plug directly into a 220v outlet.
What charger does Ford recommend?
We recommend a 240-volt charging station by Leviton that can be purchased and installed through a partnership Ford has Best Buy and the Geek Squad. The charging station will be installed and serviced through the Geek Squad.
How much does it cost, on average, per charge?
With a rate of about about 8.5 kWh for a full charge, and at an average of 12 cents per kWh. The cost to fully charge the battery would be about one dollar. Through the MyFord Mobile, Ford’s smartphone app, you will be able to time charging sessions to take advantage of the off peak charging times. Contact your local electric company for more information on off peak vs. on peak times and rates.
Is there any way I can take advantage of solar power?
Absolutely. Ford has coordinated with SunPower® to offer plugin vehicle customers the opportunity to purchase a rooftop solar power system at a special price through the Drive Green for LifeTM program;
Where are there charging stations near me?
You can check out this link to locate public and private charging stations near you. http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/
While about 85% of charging stations are free, some private locations may charge a fee per charge, or a parking type of fee. Costs may vary.
What happens when the vehicle runs out of charge or if I forget to plug it in?
The Fusion Energi and CMax Energi are plug in hybrids. Effectively, these vehicles use the electric charge to travel mostly on electric power, until gasoline assistance is required. Even after the electric reserves are exhausted, the vehicle goes into a hybrid mode where a combination of gas or electricity is used to power the vehicle. In short, if you forget to plug it in or run out of charge, you still have gasoline power and battery reserve power available to travel to your destination.