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Congrats @Possum and welcome to the forum! Have you checked out the charging networks around you to see how many chargers there are? What kind of long trips do you normally take?

 

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Congrats @Possum and welcome to the forum! Have you checked out the charging networks around you to see how many chargers there are? What kind of long trips do you normally take?

I take a few 150 mile (one way) trips in the southeast regularly. I would like to be able to go across country.
i'm good with the 44 minute 10/80 recharge time at 150 kW. ideally, I would like to be able to reserve a known good working charger, as some networks are doing on the west coast and NE.
I'm anxious about going from charger to charger trying to find one working, available, at full charge capacity.
Like maybe at each Ford dealership. ;-)
 

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In order for a Ford dealer to sell EVs, they have to have at least one customer facing charger (and at least one in the service bay area). This makes the dealers a good member of the charging network imo. My little dealer in a town of about 6K people already has installed theirs. Living in the middle of nowhere that is my closest one at this time ~ 20 minutes away from home.
 

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In order for a Ford dealer to sell EVs, they have to have at least one customer facing charger (and at least one in the service bay area). This makes the dealers a good member of the charging network imo. My little dealer in a town of about 6K people already has installed theirs. Living in the middle of nowhere that is my closest one at this time ~ 20 minutes away from home.
just beware that they need a charger, but not required to have DCFC. My dealer sold the PHEVs (Fusion Energi, C-Max Energi) before the BEVs, and have two customer-facing Ford-branded chargers as a result, but they are only Level 2 - here's how it shows on PlugShare for example:

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That's better than nothing, but it's not going to do 10%-80% in 44 minutes.
 

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In order for a Ford dealer to sell EVs, they have to have at least one customer facing charger (and at least one in the service bay area). This makes the dealers a good member of the charging network imo. My little dealer in a town of about 6K people already has installed theirs. Living in the middle of nowhere that is my closest one at this time ~ 20 minutes away from home.
That will work well if picking up a bit of a charge to make it to a DCFC @150kw is all you need. However, if the customer facing evse is only capable of 48amps you won't get stuck, but it will take a long time to charge at 11kw. If each dealer had a 150 or even 350 (future...) DCFC station it would be great....instant fast charge network.
 

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In order for a Ford dealer to sell EVs, they have to have at least one customer facing charger (and at least one in the service bay area). This makes the dealers a good member of the charging network imo. My little dealer in a town of about 6K people already has installed theirs. Living in the middle of nowhere that is my closest one at this time ~ 20 minutes away from home.
It would be a good way for Ford to get more people showing up at their dealerships if they start promoting "hey you can charge here on those long road trips" and guarantee they'll be working for owners to use.
 

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Anxious about availability of charging stations for any long distance travel.
Congratulations. What did you order?
 
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