Ford grows BlueOval network by 25 per cent
As for the new roaming deals, Ford drivers may now charge at charging stations provided by Francis Energy, Blink and Red E. The contracts add over 10,000 new stations to the BlueOval network – a 25 per cent increase to more than 106,000 charging stations, including 550 new DC chargers.
The new CPOs join the existing BlueOval partners Shell Recharge, Electrify America, EVgo, ChargePoint, FLO, EV Connect and Electric Circuit. Through BlueOval, Ford offers its customers in the US and Canada easy payment options via FordPass and embedded routing.
Ford has also increased the estimated number of Superchargers its drivers may now access as part of the deal with Tesla by around 3,000 to more than 15,000 since the announcement in May.
An animated map on Ford’s website shows the BlueOval network. Charge points are concentrated on the densely populated east and west coasts and in the Great Lakes region. In Canada, most charging opportunities can be found in the south of the country. With the new partners on board and more Tesla Superchargers from spring 2024, BlueOval will also offer better coverage in rural regions of the USA and along important corridors in Canada.
Of the 106,000 charging points, more than 11,800 are currently fast-charging stations, Ford said. The manufacturer added that it expected “significant additional growth in DC fast chargers, including at dealerships” from early 2024.
Ford was the first US carmaker to decide to rely on Tesla’s NACS instead of CCS in North America in the future. From 2025, Ford will install the NACS in its vehicles for the USA and Canada, and charging via adapter will already be possible from 2024 – from this point on, Superchargers will appear on the FordPass app and Ford Pro Intelligence app for commercial customers.