Drivers of Ford’s plug-in hybrids, the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi, can now navigate to charging stations through their smartphones. The changes come through an update to the MyFord Mobile app and web portal powered by PlugShare and allows Ford to now claim it is, “the only manufacturer to offer real-time charging station location information through its smartphone app.”
PlugShare brings this new component to MyFord Mobile with its live database of charging stations across North America. It incorporates crowd-sourced information from users to provide what could be the most comprehensive dataset available. Xatori, maker of PlugShare, is a Palo Alto, CA-based software company founded in 2010. The company says that PlugShare is the most popular and widely used charging station finder and shows more than 15,000 charging stations in North America.
Ford launched the MyFord Mobile app and portal for the Ford Focus Electric last year. The charging station finder app now blends point-of-interest search with charging station information. Users can enter search terms like “pizza” or “Mexican food” near a location and MyFord Mobile will show the results. Drivers can even select a destination based on proximity to a plug, so you can charge near where you eat.
By Jon LeSage