Ford launches zero-carbon EV home charging initiative in California
Ford announced it is launching a new sustainable charging program that allows plug-in electric vehicle owners in California to opt into carbon-neutral charging at home, reducing their carbon footprint from energy used to power their vehicles.
Ford is choosing to participate in the California Air Resource Board (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to offer customers a new way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change by matching the use of electricity used to charge plug-in electric vehicles at home with 100 percent local renewable energy.
Here’s how the program works:
- Owners of eligible plug-in electric vehicles opt into the program through the FordPass app
- Once enrolled, the FordPass app automatically tracks the amount of electricity used while charging at home
- Ford generates, or buys, an equivalent amount of California-sourced Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), an EPA-recognized program that records the generation and usage of green energy
- Ford sends evidence of the matching amounts to CARB, ensuring that all home plug-in charging activity is matched with zero-carbon electricity
“Ford’s electric vehicle customers are beginning to realize all the possibilities associated with their vehicles and sustainable energy management,” said Matt Stover, director of charging and energy services, Ford Motor Company. “By working with regulators, utilities and customers for home integration services, we’re enabling EV drivers to lower their carbon footprints, potentially save money and help protect the grid, all through their smartphones.”
The program is eligible for California-based owners of all current Ford all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The products currently include the Mustang Mach-E, the E-Transit, the Escape Plug-In Hybrid, and will be available with the F-150 Lightning in 2022.
Driven by our purpose of helping to build a better world, Ford is investing more than $30 billion in electric vehicles and batteries through 2025, supporting its longer-term goal to create a sustainable American manufacturing ecosystem, and to accelerate its progress towards achieving carbon neutrality no later than 2050, backed by science-based targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Overall, Ford expects 40 to 50 percent of its global vehicle volume to be fully electric by 2030.