US: Free charging for 2016 Ford C-Max Energi owners image

Ford is introducing a free charging program for 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi onwers, but only in Maryland and California.

If Nissan has the “No Charge To Charge” plan and Tesla the free Supercharger network, Ford has decided to offer such a feature of free charging deal for some owners of its’ C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Therefore, the company, in partnership with EVgo, will offer three years of complimentary charging to California and Maryland customers who purchase or lease a 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi. The program, called EV 1-2-3 Charge, will provide unlimited and free charging sessions of four hours each at more than 500 EVgo and partner public stations across the US. C-MAX Energi is capable of being fully charged in approximately 2.5 hours with the 240-volt charging stations.

To be eligible for the program, customers in California and Maryland have to buy or leasing a 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi between Oct. 1, 2015 and Oct. 1, 2016 and then they will receive an EV 1-2-3 Charge registration packet in the mail, a card that has to be activated. Ford says that EVgo has installed charging stations at places where people tend to go, including popular shopping and dining locations that are conveniently located and easy to find. “EV 1-2-3 Charge is a great way for customers to get the most out of their C-MAX Energi,” said Stephanie Janczak, Ford manager, electrification and infrastructure. “We’re coupling a fun, versatile, environmentally conscious car with a complimentary charge program that is easy to use and can reduce cost of ownership. It’s a win-win.” Furthermore, beginning in December, Ford will make it easy for customers to find these charge stations with MyFord Mobile application, integrated into SYNC 3 entertainment system, which will identify participating stations.