Ford Kills the Mach-E Electric Vehicle Home Charger
While Ford prepares for a major influx of 2021 Mustang Mach-E deliveries, the company has pulled its branded electric vehicle charger from the market. Ford isn’t very forthcoming with the issue, but retailers do not seem concerned.
How do I charge the Mustang Mach-E?
The Ford Connected Charge Station was supposed to charge the Mach-E home. Ford touted the home charger as a “simple and fast charging experience” and slapped the price tag of $799 on it. That is definitely one of the most expensive home chargers on the market, including Tesla.
The Tesla wall connector charger is only $500, but the aluminum post to hang it on will cost you another $300.
The Ford Connected Charge Station handled up to 48 amps of charging power and came with a 20′ cord. It was waterproof and adjustable to however much charge you might need. It was also compatible with the FordPass app.
With the Ford charger coupled with a 240 volt 48 amp hardwire, the required time to charge from 0-100% is 10.9 hours. According to Ford, this gets 28 miles of range per hour.
With the Ford charger using a 240 volt 30 amp NEMA 14-50 wall outlet, you could fully charge your Mach-E in 15 hours. This gets you 20 miles of range per hour.
On a standard 120 volt 12 amp outlet, it would take 95 hours to get from 0-100%. This gets you three miles of range per hour.
What happened to Ford’s electric vehicle charger?
According to Automotive News, Ford pulled the charger from the market back on February 24. A comment from a spokesperson noted “some weren’t working properly” but did not elaborate.
Car and Driver reported that “the wall-mounted unit might register a fault in the system and stop charging unexpectedly.” Ford commented that there was no indication this would damage the vehicle.
Fortunately, the Ford-branded charger is not imperative to charging your electric vehicle. Most owners can go on Amazon or another site and find a third-party brand. The Ford Connected Charge Station was rumored to add 20 miles of range per-hour (using a 240 volt outlet).
To rectify the issue, Ford suggests purchasing a different charger brand or head to a public station. It sounds like the company is actively working on getting the charger back on the market, so check back soon.
What are some other home EV chargers?
The ChargePoint Home Flex WiFi Enabled EV Charger is a solid choice. This one offers a $1,000 federal tax credit on the $699 cost. It offers flexible amp settings from 16 to 50 and comes in both hardwired and plugin options.
The ChargePoint charger offers 6-50 or 14-50 outlet options. The app allows you to schedule charging and pick the right amp for your home.
The Siemens VersiCharge has a few models: a Hardwire option, universal, and smart grid. The Hardwire is the cheapest but has to be hardwired into your electrical panel. The Universal option is just like it sounds, fairly universal and most affordable.
The Siemens chargers have an output of 240 volts by 30 amps, which is 7.2kW. This one does require a 40 amp circuit breaker.
The Megear Level 2 charger is one of the more budget-friendly options. It comes in various plug options, but all of the chargers are 16 amp Level 2 chargers. This will get up to 11 miles of range an hour.
The Level 2, 240 volts, 16 amp charger with 25′ cable is listed at $199 on Amazon currently.