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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
Title:

quote:
Ford Debuts New iPhone, Android App for Electric Vehicles


Content:

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


Reality:

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


quote:
(download appears to be not up yet)


quote:
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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