Ford Debuts New iPhone, Android App for Electric Vehicles
June 14, 2012 7:40 AM
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App will save Focus Electric owners money
: 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 (
) Play market (download appears to be not up yet) -- was announced today by Ford Motor Comp. (
). The app is also
as a iPhone app on Apple, Inc.'s (
) 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. (
) and AT&T, Inc. (
The app also features a helpful tracker that helps drivers locate public charging stations that are
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
and Fusion Energi
Rival General Motors Comp. (GM)
offers similar apps
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.
Ford [press release]
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HOW does it save money?
6/14/2012 10:12:53 AM
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?
6/14/2012 12:26:07 PM
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.
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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