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App will save Focus Electric owners money

(Update: Ford tells us the Android and BlackBerry apps are not currently available yet, but "will be available later when Ford approves testing.")

MyFord Mobile -- a new Android app available on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Play market (download appears to be not up yet) -- was announced today by Ford Motor Comp. (F).  The app is also available as a iPhone app on Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iTune App Store and as a BlackBerry app on Research in Motion, Ltd.'s BlackBerry World.  The automaker's new app gives electric vehicle buyers the ability to monitor the charge on their vehicle's battery.

It also allows a special charging mode called "Value Charging" via "a cellular connection to the Focus Electric via an AT&T embedded cellular modem".  The Value Charging feature leverages technology from both Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and AT&T, Inc. (T).

The app also features a helpful tracker that helps drivers locate public charging stations that are cropping up in some cities and suburbs.

Ford charging
MyFord Mobile [Image Source: Ford]

The app is compatible with the new Ford Focus Electric, which saw limited delivery to customers in California, New York and New Jersey last month.  The vehicle will see a mass launch in Q3 2012.  The app will also work with Ford's upcoming EVs -- the C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids.

Rival General Motors Comp. (GM) offers similar apps for its plug-in Chevy Volt.

For those who don't own a Ford electric vehicle, but are curious about them, the app also has a "guest mode" that provides users information about the company's advanced electric technology fleet.

Source: Ford [press release]

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I wonder what MS thinks
By MadMan007 on 6/14/2012 10:21:10 AM , Rating: 4
Available for Android, iOS, and [i]Blackberry[/i] of all platforms, but not Windows Phone. And MS has a close working relationship with Ford from Sync/MyTouch...I wonder what MS thinks about not having an app for their mobile OS.

RE: I wonder what MS thinks
By rzrshrp on 6/14/2012 10:22:08 AM , Rating: 2
Heh, didn't even think of that. I'm sure it's in the works but I don't know why it wasn't available immediately.

HOW does it save money?
By rzrshrp on 6/14/2012 10:12:53 AM , Rating: 3
I don't see anywhere in the post how it's supposed to save money even though it's the title. Fine, it communicates with your phone but where does that communion save money?

RE: HOW does it save money?
By Souka on 6/14/2012 12:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's more convienent for electric users.

1: Is my car charged yet?
1b: or what % is my car charged?

2: Where is a charging station near me?

Those are two big questions a few Honda Leaf owners I know say are important.

Ridiculous Article
By testerguy on 6/15/2012 2:00:59 AM , Rating: 2

Ford Debuts New iPhone, Android App for Electric Vehicles


MyFord Mobile -- a new Android app available on Google Inc.'s


Android and BlackBerry apps are not currently available yet, but "will be available later when Ford approves testing."

(download appears to be not up yet)

The app is also available as a iPhone app

Android app? Really? Also available? Really?

Just another in a long line of apps which is released first on iOS, yet this article tries very hard to ignore/hide that reality.

RE: Ridiculous Article
By retrospooty on 6/15/2012 8:45:09 AM , Rating: 1
Well thank goodness you are here to put your "unbiased" spin on it to make sure Apple is properly defended.

I do enjoy your "unbiased" take on the world though Testerguy. It reminds me that people are full of shit and cant be trusted.

RE: Ridiculous Article
By Souka on 6/15/2012 1:12:17 PM , Rating: 2
Testerguy is a depressed individual. The critisims are a reflection of that.

Don't need to be sarcastic with him, just feel sorry for him.

Hope your life gets better Testerguy

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