Ford believes that the all-electric world of tomorrow belongs to everyone. To make sure that every driver can enjoy the benefits of zero-emissions excellence, Ford has developed and is in the midst of piloting a robot charging station meant to be used by elderly drivers and drivers with disabilities.
This unique robot charging station is fully operable via smartphone. It automates the charging process, allowing drivers to stay in their vehicle or leave it to charge. Ford will further look for ways to leverage the robot charging station as it investigates hands-free charging alternatives for future EVs.
The robot charging station was developed by Germany’s Dortmund University and uses a retractable arm to charge the vehicle. A working version of the prototype can easily be installed in parking lots, at businesses, and in private residences.
“Ford is committed to ensuring freedom of movement and right now refueling or charging your vehicle can be a major problem for some drivers,” said Ford of Europe Research Engineer Birger Fricke. “The robot charging station could be an added convenience for some people but absolutely essential for others.”
If you’re as electrified by the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning as we are at Shults Ford South, break out your smartphones. Ford recently launched a new 3D augmented reality experience called F-150 Lightning: Strike Anywhere so that you can see more of what this amazing pickup can do.
Available for Android and iOS devices, on social media channels like YouTube and Reddit, and on Ford.com, F-150 Lightning: Strike Anywhere covers 13 of the most awesome features of the hot new electric truck. Highlights on display include Ford Intelligent Backup Power, the Mega Power Truck, and the powerful dual-motor 4×4 system that produces tons of power and impressive range.
By using F-150 Lightning: Strike Anywhere, you can visualize a 3D rendering of the all-electric Ford truck in your living room or garage. You can even configure it to your style down to the wheels, color, and package options.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is such a smash hit that reservations exceeded 200,000 nationwide. That means that this first-ever electric truck is sold out for at least the next little while. But if you want your chance to ride with Ford into an all-electric future, stay in touch with your friends at Shults Ford South in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’ll let you know when reservations reopen and help you secure your spot in line.
If there’s one thing Pittsburghers know, it’s the pain of foggy, frosty windshields when cold weather hits. To alleviate the stress that burden causes, Ford has developed a new sensor system that can prevent fogged windshields before you lose visibility.
The system, called Windscreen Weather Station, recently rolled out on the Ford Kuga and Explorer in the United Kingdom. This advanced system, located near the rearview mirror, uses sensors to detect moisture in the air. It can then automatically engage the air conditioning to prevent the glass from fogging up.
“Waiting for your windscreen to clear after exercising is one of life’s little irritations — but driving without being able to clearly see the view ahead can be dangerous. This technology anticipates the problem and deals with it without the driver even knowing,” said Ingo Krolewski, Ford’s European climate control supervisor.
Ford notes that it rolled out the feature in Europe because COVID-19 has led to a major uptick in cycling and running. Breathing hard in cold weather can turn your glass opaque quickly — but the Windscreen Weather Station is that much quicker, helping stop the problem before it starts.
We’re eager to see what new technologies Ford has on the horizon to make our lives that much easier. If you’re interested in seeing what Ford has brought to the table for 2021 — whether it’s the all-new Ford F-150, adventurous Bronco Sport, or all-electric Mustang Mach-E — stop by Shults Ford South in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The next wave of connectivity is upon us with the newly announced next-generation Ford SYNC® 4 infotainment system. And what better way for Ford to bring its latest version of SYNC® to market than to debut it in its most exciting new vehicle: the new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
“Next-generation SYNC actively starts
adapting to you as soon as you start using it, quickly learning your
preferences and making personalized suggestions,” said Darren Palmer, Ford
global director for battery electric vehicles. “It can suggest going to the gym
if it learns Mondays are workout days or calling home if you do that every day
after work. The result is a cloud-connected assistant and interface that’s
intuitive, beautiful and ready for the future thanks to fast over-the-air
There’s a lot to be excited about when it
comes to SYNC® 4, including cloud-based connectivity, conversional voice
recognition technology, and wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
But maybe the most exciting aspect is the
adaptability of the system to a variety of different screen sizes, including a
massive 15.5-inch screen. As offered with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the screen
will be vertically oriented and include a tactile power and volume knob in the
lower center. This large screen will feature the Adaptive Dash Cards function,
which saves recently used and popular features in a horizontal row toward the bottom
of the screen, allowing you to switch tasks more easily.
because SYNC® 4 features over-the-air update technology, the system never stops
improving. Kind of like Ford, really. To learn more about Ford SYNC® 4 and the
exciting new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, stop into Shults Ford South.