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#1 OFFLINE   staff

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:15 PM

Ford and PlugShare Team Up to Help Ford C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi Drivers Find Plugs with MyFord Mobile
  • Ford is teaming up with PlugShare®, an industry-leading aggregator of public charge stations, to provide real-time charge station information to drivers of Ford’s all-new plug-in hybrid vehicles – C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi
  • Ford is the only manufacturer to offer real-time charging station location information through its smartphone app, MyFord® Mobile
  • The collaboration will provide Ford customers comprehensive access to the quickly growing number of public charge stations in the U.S. and Canada
  • Ford also announced its commitment to the Workplace Charging Challenge with the Department of Energy, which aims to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years
  • PlugShare.com offers a unique advantage by aggregating publicly available and crowd-sourced information on charging station locations along with photos, reviews and check-ins
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Ford C-MAX Energi Owners – Ford’s award-winning MyFord Mobile smartphone app and Web portal now features a charging station finder powered by PlugShare.com and will be compatible with the new Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles.
 
PlugShare® brings a powerful new component to MyFord® Mobile with its live database of charging stations across North America. In addition to aggregating publicly available lists of stations from a variety of sources, PlugShare incorporates crowd-sourced information from users to provide the most comprehensive dataset available.
 
“When we launched the MyFord Mobile app and portal for the Focus Electric last year, it was the most advanced remote management app of its kind in the industry,” said Bill Frykman, business and product development manager. “We’re now expanding availability of the system to drivers of our new plug-in hybrids and offering some unique features specifically tailored to these long-range vehicles.”
 
“It is a little known fact that the majority of charging stations are currently free to use. By giving drivers a clear view of the reality of charging, PlugShare and Ford are showing more and more drivers that now is a great time to start driving on electricity,” said Forrest North, CEO of Xatori, maker of PlugShare. “With our real-time, crowd-sourcing features that include photos, reviews and check-ins, PlugShare has quickly become one of the largest and most popular charging station locators in North America. We are thrilled an established industry leader such as Ford has chosen PlugShare for MyFord Mobile.”
 
In addition to an EPA-estimated rating of 21 miles of pure electric driving range per charge, both C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi have an EPA-estimated range of 620 miles on one tank of gas and one charge.
 
Owners of the first-ever Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles can now use their smartphones from almost anywhere to monitor and manage the battery charging process, find charging stations, check energy efficiency and earn achievements for efficient driving.
 
The station finder component of the MyFord Mobile app now blends point-of-interest search with charging station information from PlugShare.com to let drivers take advantage of opportunistic charging wherever their destination might be. Users can search for terms such as “pizza” or “Mexican food” near a location and MyFord Mobile will display the results along with the nearest available charge for each entry. Drivers can select a destination based on proximity to a plug.
 
“Access to public charging allows our C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi customers to drive more electric miles – helping improve our environmental footprint and improve energy security,” said Mike Tinskey, director, Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. “We’ve seen impressive growth in the number of installed public charge stations – growing from fewer than 3,000 units in 2010 to more than 11,500 installed units in the U.S. today.
 
“This collaboration allows for Ford customers to access all the currently installed stations, as well as gain immediate access to new charge stations as they are installed,” Tinskey added.
 
MyFord Mobile’s trip and charge log has also been updated to provide drivers with information about how efficiently they are using their plug-in hybrid vehicle in both electric and hybrid mode. By taking advantage of available data on electricity use, hybrid gas mileage and regenerative braking, the app coaches drivers to adjust their driving style to be more efficient.
 
MyFord Mobile still lets plug-in hybrid owners check the state of charge of the battery, get alerts if they forgot to plug the car in or if charging stops, and take advantage of value charging for the lowest electricity rates during off-peak hours. Drivers can also precondition the cabin temperature while the car is plugged in to reduce the load on the drivetrain for enhanced efficiency.
 
“We designed MyFord Mobile to provide owners of Ford plug-in vehicles with a convenient way to monitor and manage their total energy usage, and we’re continually working to make the experience better,” added Frykman.
 
MyFord Mobile is available in the Apple iOS App Store for iPhones and the Google Play Store for Android phones. The MyFord Mobile Web portal is at http://www.myfordmobile.com. Some features of the MyFord Mobile app including point-of-interest search, trip and charge log, and achievements will become available after the initial launch.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

This was poor copy editing...

MyFord Mobile still lets plug-in hybrid owners check the state of charge of the battery, get alerts if they forgot to plug the car in or if charging stops, and take advantage of value charging for the lowest electricity rates during off-peak hours. Drivers can also precondition the cabin temperature while the car is plugged in to reduce the load on the drivetrain for enhanced efficiency doesn't work.

“We designed MyFord Mobile to provide owners of Ford plug-in vehicles with a convenient way to monitor and manage their total energy usage not work, and we’re continually working to make the experience better frustrate customers

There. Fixed that.

Edited by Valkraider, 11 February 2013 - 01:58 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

+1, nice editing.


Edited by Frankman, 11 February 2013 - 02:23 PM.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

Ford and PlugShare Team Up to Help Ford C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi Drivers Find Plugs with MyFord Mobile
Ford is teaming up with PlugShare®, an industry-leading aggregator of public charge stations, to provide real-time charge station information to drivers of Ford’s all-new plug-in hybrid vehicles – C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi

 

"Owners of the first-ever Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles can now use their smartphones from almost anywhere to monitor and manage the battery charging process, find charging stations, check energy efficiency and earn achievements for efficient driving."

What a waste of time! Announcements about MFM being available soon are becoming a sad joke. Nothing new here.

When will the app be functional for NRG owners? I downloaded the app, inserted the VIN, and got some sort of error message.

The announcement expressly says we can "now" use our smartphones for functions that are clearly unavailable.  This is either incompetent or a lie.   


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

Ford C-MAX Energi Owners – Ford’s award-winning MyFord Mobile smartphone app and Web portal now features a charging station finder powered by PlugShare.com and will be compatible with the new Ford Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles.
 
It says "will be", just a pre-announcement.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

The plug-share app has been on my phone since before the C-max was even for sale.

So all this means is that the poor quality data Ford used to have for charging station location (and believe me - their data was poor, they almost never had good locations for even the few charging stations the did list) will now be replaced with much better quality (and crowd sourced!) data.

"Award winning MyFordMobile app". Which awards? The "Largest number of customers which can't use the app at all" award?

As an aside, I have been adding crowd sourced data to Plug-share for a while now.

For example I have edited and updated these sites (and a bunch more):

http://api.plugshare...w?location=6687

http://api.plugshare...w?location=7662

http://api.plugshare...w?location=6338

http://api.plugshare...?location=12487

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

This is my window sticker. In the "Functional" column, 7th bullet down is "MYFORD MOBILE".

It doesn't say "coming soon" or "some day" or "will be available maybe when pigs fly".

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

Dear Staff,

I do not envy you your job at the moment. As admin of this site, you have to post the copy that corporate tells you to post. You probably knew that this would be salt in the wounds of good people who feel cheated. I can't blame you for posting what you are told and I can't blame people for venting when they feel insulted by this insensitive marketing blunder.

Maybe you could let this thread run it's course and then collect the posts and send it to someone at corporate that has the will to do something about their product. Or, at least send this to the management of the group that forced you to post this here.

One can always hope that people can learn from their idiot mistakes.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

It would go a long way if Ford would take a moment out of their obsessive patting themselves on the back, and acknowledge "Hey, look - we screwed up."

Maybe offer the early adopters a bone.

If Ford were to own up to their mistake and do something like offer us a level 2 charger at cost, or offer up some Blink or ChargePoint credits, or maybe a free year of Sirius or anything that could be a gesture of good-will - it would salve the wounds a bit.

But statements like "award-winning MyFord Mobile smartphone app" are insulting and statements like "Owners of the first-ever Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles can now use their smartphones from almost anywhere to monitor and manage the battery charging process" are flat out lies.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

 As someone who does not have a smart phone, and wasn't expecting to use MFM, I was hoping to learn from others the features of MFM that they are most interested in - assuming it eventually works.

 

Other than remote start using one's phone, and the app for locating charging stations, what other features do you expect to use a lot?

 

Also, of those features, are any available simply on MFT, albeit not accessible remotely?

 

Thanks for your thoughts.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

The biggest thing I want is to be able to interface with the car. I already have at least 4 different apps to find charging stations.

But there is no way for me to see the state of charge of my car. Being able to look at my phone and see my car is almost done charging is something I could use regularly. As it is I either end up going back to the car and checking more often than needed, or using my timer and guesstimating.

Another thing I really want is to be able to programs things like Go times and climate settings, so I can have the car warm and fully charged in the morning.

For people with net metering or high electricity rates - being able to schedule *when* the car charges is incredibly important. (Not for me, my rate is the same any time of day).

None of those are capable without MFM, and a MFM like system was one of the concepts that I absolutely would not buy a electric car without. Nissan and GM have them working for their electrified vehicles, Nissan's is really cool.

Finally - I am a nerd. I like data.

I do have some sort of hacky ways I can sort of do this.

For example, when charging on Blink the Blink app will tell me if the car is unplugged or stops charging. But I can't see how full the battery is. Blink basically it says "charging" or "not charging"

When charging on ChargePoint, the ChargePoint app gives me good data about how long it has been charging and how many KWh have been used. But still I can't see battery state although this is better than Blink. Unfortunately we don't have a ton of ChargePoint around here (Blink kind of owns the market here while ChargePoint is bigger in other regions). And many of the ChargePoint ones we do have are in access controlled locations like apartment garages and whatnot so not open to public.

Places like Walgreens or smaller local ones like OpConnect or ShorePower don't have apps so no way to get anything from them without MFM.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:34 AM

Yes, Deermouse, at least one function is available on MFT (under points of interest, I believe): locating charging stations. Of course, this function is also available on Plugshare and other apps.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:14 AM


When charging on ChargePoint, the ChargePoint app gives me good data about how long it has been charging and how many KWh have been used. But still I can't see battery state although this is better than Blink. Unfortunately we don't have a ton of ChargePoint around here (Blink kind of owns the market here while ChargePoint is bigger in other regions). And many of the ChargePoint ones we do have are in access controlled locations like apartment garages and whatnot so not open to public.

 

 

That's interesting - I have plans to come up to Portland at some point to visit friends and use the I-5 "West Coast Green Highway" charging stations on the way.  I 

can't find info on them - do you know if they're Blink or no-card-required stations, or something else?  I'd like to try to avoid paying the Blink yearly fee since I don't need it in the Bay Area, but if I'm charging around the Portland Metro area, it looks like I might consider it if it makes some financial sense as well as green sense . . . 



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

The West Coast Green Highway stations can be any company or model.

Blink (ecotality) is by far the dominant provider here in the Portland area. They were waiving the annual fee when I signed up. But even at $1 an hour it's not super great considering the slow charger on the Energi. ;)

Here's a good jumping off point.

http://www.westcoast...om/stations.htm

I have found a good set of free chargers around Portland...

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

Thanks Val and EVger.  Useful info for me.

 

Good to know the charge station locations are available on MFT, EVger.

 

Given that I am cheap, and that we get zero cell reception at our house most days, I guess I'll remain a smart phone Luddite.  Like Val, we have the same electric rates no matter time of day.  Would be handy to have car warmed up on cold mornings, but since cell phones don't work at our house most of the time, will have to do without that convenience anyway. 

 

Might be helpful when away from home sometimes in a cell reception area, but probably not often enough to prod me into getting a smart phone.

 

Who knows, maybe by the time MFM works, there will be cell reception here too!

 

As always, thanks guys for your input.



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

It will work over wifi too. The car can connect to wifi as well, although I am not sure if the car will use wifi to talk to the cloud or if it always requires its 3G cellular connection.





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