Thursday, 13 October, 2011 12:47 PM
You Were Charging Here: Ford Names 20 Cool Places to Charge Your
locations were evaluated based on a number of factors including
proximity to a scenic view, landmark/attraction, or dining and shopping
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Santa Monica Pier is among the 20 coolest places to charge
your electric vehicle.
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Magnificent Mile is another cool place to charge your electric
When Ford's all-new Focus
Electric and C-MAX Energi hit the streets, customers will have plenty
of options on where to recharge their vehicle. Whether it's stopping
at the zoo, a museum or shopping in a downtown area, vehicle charging
stations are popping up in a variety of locations across the country.
So where are the cool places to charge? Ford may have found the
answer with its list of the "20 Cool Places to Charge in the
The 20 locations on Ford's
list alphabetically are:
Edison Park Fast
Lot - New York City: Charge in the middle of the Big Apple
at this station near Times Square and Broadway.
Fashion Island, Newport Beach, Calif.: Shoppers can hit one of Orange
County's premier outdoor shopping centers while their car charges
San Francisco: This destination lets visitors recharge
while they enjoy waterfront dining, shopping, and sightseeing in
the city by the bay's popular tourist area.
Give Kids the
World Village, Kissimmee, Fla.: This nonprofit center gives
children with life-threatening illnesses a memorable experience
they will never forget. It also set up EV charging for friends,
families and contributors.
Greenville, S.C.: A charge station at this zoo lets visitors
spend time with wild animals while their vehicle charges.
Hall Wines and
Clif Family Winery, St. Helena, Calif.: Charging stations
at these two wineries let visitors take in the scenery while their
Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii: Schedule
rest and relaxation at this beach resort as your electric vehicle
and Nature Center, Houston: Visitors can have a day of
fun with nature and animals while their vehicle charges.
Los Angeles Convention
Center, Los Angeles: Whether attending a convention or
a Lakers game at the nearby Staples Center, this location offers
a convenient location for visitors to charge their electric vehicles.
Mart, Malibu, Calif.: A charge station at this unique shopping
experience lets visitors look for celebrities or hit the stores
while their vehicle charges.
Mall of America
– Bloomington, MN: EV drivers can enjoy shopping,
entertainment, and a variety of other attractions at this mega-mall
while their vehicle charges.
- Downtown Chicago: Located on Michigan Avenue, allows
EV drivers to enjoy the experiences of one of the most iconic streets
Mint Street Parking
Garage - Downtown Charlotte, N.C.: A first-class view of
downtown Charlotte gives these charging station users a unique perspective.
CenturyLink Field, Seattle and M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore:
Charging stations at the home of the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore
Ravens let fans tailgate and cheer their team on while their electric
Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.: This solar-powered electric
vehicle charging station offers an extremely energy efficient way
Peaches Bed &
Breakfast, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Spend the night at this
historic manor while your electric vehicle charges.
Ruby Falls, Chattanooga,
Tenn.: Charge your vehicle while visiting the Americas
highest underground waterfalls.
Plaza Shopping Center, Santa Monica, Calif.: Beach lovers
can head to this charging station for easy access to the Santa Monica
of Richmond and Children's Museum of Richmond, Va.: Set
between two museums, visitors will have a choice of destination
with easy access to charging.
Mountain Resort, Leavenworth, Wash.: A charging station
at this ski resort lets owners hit the slopes and recharge at the
"This list demonstrates
that drivers of the Focus Electric can charge at exciting locations
across America," said Jeanette Clute, Ford manager of Sustainable
Business Strategies. "The variety of options throughout the
country is also a good indicator that cities and communities are
accelerating preparation for electric vehicles."
Each location was evaluated
based on a variety of factors including proximity to a view or landmark
or dining and shopping opportunities.
Ford is tracking more
than 3,000 public charge stations in 2011, and expects that figure
to quadruple by the end of 2013, indicating that this is an exciting
and dynamic time for electric vehicle infrastructure. This evaluation
also is reflective of Ford's engagement with helping to ensure that
cities have the infrastructure necessary to support electric vehicles.
Where would you
like to charge?
Is there a really cool
place you would like to see an EV charging station installed? Maybe
near Mt. Rushmore? Outside your favorite sports teams stadium? Or
maybe near the beach? If you have a place in mind, Ford wants to
know and have you show us your station. Go to the Ford Electric
Vehicles Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fordelectricvehicles) and
print out the picture of the EV charging station under the "Show
us Your Station tab." Then, take a photo of you with the charging
station at the cool place you would like to charge and post the
image to the Facebook page. Ford will review all the submissions
and list the 10 coolest places submitted to us.
The Power of
Electrification is an
important piece of Ford's overall product sustainability strategy.
Ford's aggressive strategy includes the launch of five electrified
vehicles in North America by 2012 and Europe by 2013. Ford launched
the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van in 2010, will
launch Focus Electric later this year and will introduce C-MAX Hybrid,
a second next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid and C-MAX Energi
plug-in hybrid in 2012. The range of electrified vehicles allows
Ford to meet a variety of consumer driving needs.
About Ford Motor
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:
F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich.,
manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With
about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's
automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com .
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