EV Charging Frequently Asked QuestionsNov 3rd, 2023
Brown Bros Ford’s Electric Vehicle Charging FAQs
At Brown Bros Ford, we understand that the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) can come with many questions and concerns about the charging process. That’s why we’ve compiled this comprehensive FAQ to address some of the most common queries about charging your Ford EV.
Can I charge my EV from a regular wall outlet?
Absolutely. Ford has made it convenient for you. The Ford Mobile Power Cord can be easily connected to any standard 120V outlet, just like the ones you have in your household.
Can I use a standard extension cord to charge my Ford EV?
While it’s not recommended to use an extension cord for charging, Ford offers a solution with the Ford Mobile Power Cord and Ford Charge Station wall chargers, both of which feature generous 6-meter (20-foot) cables, ensuring you have the flexibility you need.
Can I charge my Ford EV at a Tesla charging station?
Yes, you can charge your Ford EV at a standard Tesla charging station, but you’ll need to purchase an adapter for compatibility. For a seamless public charging experience, we recommend using industry-standard J1772 connectors and CCS connectors for fast charging. Exciting news: Ford will gain access to the Tesla Supercharger network in 2024.
Can I use my Ford charging station for non-Ford EVs or my plug-in hybrid?
Absolutely. The Connected Charge Station uses an industry-standard type J1772 connector, making it compatible with any EV or PHEV that supports type J1772. The Charge Station Pro, on the other hand, is suitable for all Ford EVs, ensuring you can power up no matter which Ford model you own. And don’t forget the Ford Mobile Power Cord, which is compatible with all EVs and PHEVs in the market.
How long will it take to fully charge my EV?
Charging time depends on whether you’re using L1, L2, or L3 charging. You can fully charge your EV overnight using a 120V outlet, or you can achieve up to 80% charge in as little as 20 minutes, typically available at public DC fast charging stations.
What percentage should I charge my EV to?
For most daily commutes, an 80-90% charge is more than sufficient. If you’re planning a longer journey or road trip, a full charge is recommended. To ease any range anxiety, plan your route in advance, considering nearby charging stations. The more you drive your EV, the better you’ll understand your specific charging needs.
Why don’t I need to be always 100% fully charged?
It’s best to avoid regularly charging to 100% or depleting the battery to 0% as these extremes can stress and eventually degrade your EV’s battery. If you need to charge during a journey, use the FordPass app to locate nearby charging stations, or plan your trip in advance to know when and where to charge.
How far will one charge take me?
The distance your EV can cover on a full charge depends on various factors, including your model, battery capacity, climate, and driving conditions. For detailed information on your vehicle’s range, consult your Owner’s Manual.
What should I do if I run out of charge while I’m on the road?
If your EV runs out of charge while you’re driving, rest assured that our Roadside Assistance team is here to help. They can tow your vehicle to the closest public charger, your home, or even your preferred Ford Dealer nearest to your breakdown location.
How do I get the best range from my Ford EV?
To maximize your range, plan your trips to include nearby charging stations and make daily charging a routine part of your day, similar to how you charge your smartphone. Starting your day with an 80-90% charge is an ideal practice. High speeds have a negative impact on an EV’s range, heavy-footed acceleration will affect it even more. Moderate acceleration helps you get more from every charge. Outside temperatures also affect the range. But a trick for EV drivers is to “precondition” the vehicle while plugged in. It uses your home’s energy to pre-heat or pre-cool your vehicle’s interior – not the battery. You can easily pre-program your preconditioning times, based on your schedule. Towing will definitely have an impact on the range. Because trailers naturally add weight and aerodynamic drag. So, plan ahead. Find public charging locations along your route, right from your touchscreen with Ford Power My Trip.
Are there available rebates, offers, or government incentives for chargers?
Stay tuned for federal and provincial rebates and incentives that can provide significant savings on your EV purchase. It’s always a good idea to explore the opportunities available in your region to make your electric vehicle experience even more rewarding.
If you have more questions or need guidance on charging your Ford EV, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Brown Bros Ford. We’re here to support your transition to electric driving.