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.
According to Ford Chief Product Platform and Operation Officer Hau Thai-Tang, Ford Ion Park will help the automaker scale battery production so that it can cost-effectively ramp up development and make it easier and more affordable to upgrade to an EV.
The 20,000-square-foot learning lab will include the latest equipment and technology needed to test battery cells and arrays, allowing Ford to develop cutting-edge batteries for cutting-edge EVs. Ford Ion Park will also include a $185 million collaborative learning lab in Southeast Michigan dedicated to testing batteries and EVs.
Ford is putting the pedal down when it comes to the future of electric vehicles. This year, Ford upped its global investment in EVs to $22 billion, promising more battery electric vehicles to come by 2025. Maybe the most exciting yet is the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, which was revealed in May. The all-electric F-150 promises to be the quickest yet as well as one of the most intelligent, and it should offer an EPA-estimated range well over 300 miles.
The future is looking bright with Ford, and you’ll find everything good and green here at Shults Ford South. Check out our selection of Mustang Mach-E EVs and give us a call when you’re ready to take a test drive.