Ford on Aug. 28 announced a pilot program with Duke Energy to provide electric vehicle customers in North Carolina with a chance to save money, increase the use of renewable energy and support electric grid resiliency while charging at home.
The EV Complete Home Charging Plan pilot aims to bring more certainty to the cost of EV home charging by providing a low, fixed monthly rate for electricity used in exchange for allowing Ford and Duke Energy to manage charging times to best support the electric grid.
The pilot program will help support electric grid resiliency by seamlessly managing selected customers’ home charging schedules when there is less strain on the grid and when more renewable energy is readily available. Ford EV customers, along with GM and BMW EV drivers, will receive an invitation to enroll in the program starting in September, with the EV Complete Home Charging Plan pilot officially launching Nov. 1.
“The connectivity features offered in our electric vehicles are revolutionizing the customer experience by creating easy opportunities to save money, support the electric grid and drive toward zero-carbon charging,” said Bill Crider, head of global charging and energy services, Ford Motor Company. “Our pilot program with Duke Energy is another strong example of providing customers with better vehicle ownership experiences, while also supporting our shared grid and sustainability aspirations.”