The most necessary accessory for an all-electric Ford Focus is available for $1,499 at select Ford dealerships. And, if in your new car excitement, you forget to purchase the home charger add-on, never fear. Just swing by Best Buy on the way home.
The Ford EV Home Charging Station includes standard installation and features an ADA-compliant, one-button user interface and a 10-year warranty. After you attach the device’s wall mount in the garage, you won’t need to see your Focus when you sell your house–the wall mount can be relocated. It also comes with an 18-foot, wrap-around charging cable.
“Charging is one of the most important components of owning an electric vehicle, so it was crucial to develop a charging station that made ownership easier and more affordable for Focus Electric owners,” said Mike Tinskey, associate director for Ford Motor Co.’s global electric vehicle infrastructure. “Through our partnership with Leviton, we utilized our collective electrical expertise to specifically design the EV Home Charging Station to meet stringent automotive quality, product development and testing requirements that will allow Focus Electric owners to charge with ease.”
Leviton and Ford Motor Co. announced the home charging station has achieved UL certification for UL 2231, UL 2251 and UL 2594. The new Level 2 EV charging device, designed exclusively for Ford, is compatible with all additional industry safety standards and recommended practices, including SAE J1772 and NEC 625.
The home charging station provides up to 32 amps at 240 volts AC (7.7 kW output), fully charging a Ford Focus Electric’s battery in a little more than three hours–more than four times faster than the standard portable charger. The device’s energy-efficient design–the enclosure is made from nearly 60 percent recycled materials–features a low-energy standby power design, contributing to a 50 to 80 percent reduced carbon footprint.
A ground monitor circuit and built-in communication verifies proper connection before charging can begin. The device’s auto-restart feature enables charging to restart following a minor fault, reducing the chance of being stranded with an undercharged battery. With a weatherproof NEMA Type 4 enclosure, the device is safe for indoor and outdoor use. Nonpermanent plug-in installation is ideal for indoor applications. A hard-wired conversion kit is available for outdoor locations.
Leviton is a global leader in electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions and lighting energy management systems. A member of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), Leviton was founded at the turn of the 20th century. Today Leviton’s product portfolio consists of more than 25,000 devices and systems used in homes, businesses and industry. Nine out of 10 North American homes use products made by Leviton.
About Ford Motor Co.
Ford Motor Co., based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With some 166,000 employees and 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Co.
About Ford Focus Electric
The Focus Electric is a gasoline-free version of Ford’s popular small car and the flagship of the company’s growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Focus Electric is capable of fully recharging in just more than three hours at home using its wall-mounted 240-volt charge station. With its special value charging feature, Focus Electric helps owners in the U.S. charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates and lower the cost of ownership. Built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., the Focus Electric is powered in part by one of the largest solar energy generator systems in the state.