Smart Charging Solutions: Mastering On-Peak vs. Off-Peak EV Charging Times For Your Ford

November 3rd, 2023 by

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Navigating Smart Ford EV Charging Solutions 

Electric vehicles (EVs) are at the forefront of the automotive revolution, and Ford is leading the charge with innovative solutions. Understanding the nuances of on-peak vs off-peak charging can significantly enhance your EV experience. Join Bill Brown Ford in Livonia, MI, as we explore the optimal times to charge your Ford EV and how Ford’s charging solutions support smart, efficient charging.


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Understanding Peak vs. Off-Peak EV Charging

On-peak hours refer to times when the demand for electricity is highest, typically during the day when businesses are open and people are using more energy. On the other hand, off-peak hours are when the demand drops, usually at night. Charging your Ford EV during off-peak hours can save costs and reduce strain on the grid.

Advantages of Off-Peak Charging for Ford EV Owners:

  • Cost-Effective: Many utility companies offer lower rates during off-peak hours, which means charging your Ford EV at night can lead to significant savings on your electricity bill.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Off-peak charging often coincides with a higher mix of renewable energy sources feeding the grid, making it a greener choice.
  • Battery Health: Consistent off-peak charging can contribute to optimal battery performance over time.

Tips for Optimizing Your Charging Schedule:

  • Know Your Peak Hours: Check with your local utility company to determine the specific on-peak and off-peak hours in your area.
  • Use FordPass™: Leverage the scheduling feature to charge your EV during the lowest rate periods.
  • Consider a Smart Charger: Ford offers smart charging solutions that automatically adjust charging times to off-peak hours.

How Ford Supports Smart Charging

When it comes to electric vehicle (EV) charging, timing is everything. That’s why Ford has developed intelligent charging solutions designed to take advantage of off-peak hours, ensuring that your EV charging is as efficient and cost-effective as possible. Here’s how Ford is making smart charging accessible to every EV owner.

Ford Connected Charge Station

The Ford Connected Charge Station is a level 2 home charging station that offers a faster charging solution with the added benefit of being smart. It’s Wi-Fi-enabled, allowing you to connect to the FordPass™ app and control your charging experience remotely.

Key Features:

  • Scheduled Charging: You can set your charging schedule directly from your phone to start and stop charging at times that align with off-peak hours.
  • Power Adjustment: The charge station can adjust the power it delivers to your EV based on your set schedule and current energy rates.
  • Charge Tracking: Keep tabs on your energy usage, monitor your charging history, and even receive notifications about your charging status.

FordPass™ Power My Trip

FordPass™ features like Power My Trip makes long journeys worry-free by planning your route with charging times and locations in mind. It integrates with your vehicle’s navigation system to locate charging stations and includes them in your route.


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FordPass™ Smart Charging

With the FordPass™ app, Ford EV owners can access innovative charging features that include:

  • Remote Control: Start or stop charging from anywhere with just a few taps on your smartphone.
  • Peak Shaving: The app can learn your charging habits and suggest the most cost-effective times to charge based on local utility rates.
  • Integration with Home Energy Management Systems: For those with smart home systems, Ford’s charging solutions can integrate with your home energy management system to optimize your household’s overall energy consumption.

Bi-Directional Charging Capabilities

Bi-directional charging is revolutionizing the way we use electric vehicles, and Ford is leading the charge with its F-150 Lightning’s Pro Power Onboard feature. This innovative capability allows the Lightning to not just draw energy from the power grid but also to supply it back, effectively turning the truck into a mobile power station. With the ability to deliver up to 9.6 kW, the F-150 Lightning can power tools, appliances, and even your entire home during an outage. This feature underscores Ford’s commitment to smart, sustainable energy use, offering drivers unparalleled flexibility and peace of mind.

The Ford Charge Station Pro

For the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning, the Ford Charge Station Pro offers an 80-amp charging solution designed to be the perfect companion for the Lightning’s Intelligent Backup Power capability, turning your truck into a power source for your home during outages.

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Ford’s intelligent charging solutions offer more than ease of use—they are a testament to Ford’s vision of integrating electric vehicles seamlessly into your daily routine and the wider energy landscape. 

As Michigan’s premier EV Ford dealership, Bill Brown Ford understands the importance of a smooth transition to electric mobility. Whether you’re looking to buy, lease, or place a custom order, we offer a streamlined process designed for a hassle-free experience. Our extensive inventory boasts over 600 Ford vehicles, including the esteemed Ford Mustang Mach-E and the versatile F-150 Lightning, offering you the luxury of choice for immediate purchase or lease. Trust in our expertise and commitment to excellence as you embark on your electric driving adventure.


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