Ford has announced that its all-electric version of the popular Ford Focus will stay connected to users with AT&T’s wireless service. The embedded wireless connection allows the car to receive and transmit information from its owner through Ford’s own MyFord Mobile app, which can be accessed through your smartphone or through a secure Ford website.
The MyFord Mobile app lets owners check the car’s state of charge, locate charging stations, plan trips, remotely lock/unlock doors, use the GPS-system to locate the car, and receive alerts. A separate 240-volt charging station is also available that will let you charge the Ford Focus Electric at home and will only take 3-4 hours to fully charge the car. The Ford Focus Electric was unveiled at CES earlier this year and will be on sale by the end of 2011.
“With a wireless connection, we’re putting battery charge and vehicle range information, along with an interactive, data-driven trip planning app, directly at the fingertips of our customers,“ said Ford Connected Services product and business manager, Ed Pleet. “This technology will keep drivers connected to vital information, enhancing their electric car ownership experience. The AT&T network is an important part of this equation, and we’re pleased to have AT&T on board.”