Ford to Sell its Home Electric Car Chargers at Best Buy

The Ford Focus Electric is finally out in the open, and it is a beauty. One of the better features of the car is that its 23 kwh lithium-ion battery can be recharged in 3 to 4 hours, half the time is takes to recharge the LEAF.

The speed at which an electric car can be recharged is really just a function of two things, the voltage and the amperage of the charger. The greater both of these values, the faster the recharge times.

Electric car makers are cautious about how quickly they let their EVs recharge. Though lithium-ion batteries can handle quick charges, it may shorten their lifetime.

The Nissan LEAF has a 3.3 kw 240-v charger which takes about 8 hours to recharge the battery, The Ford Focus Electric will use a 6.6 kw, 32-amp 240-v charger allowing recharge in half the time.

Now the really cool part if Ford is going to sell those chargers right at your one of 1300 neighborhood big box Best Buys.

You can pick out your charger there and arrange for Geek Squad technicians to come out and install it in your garage. They will first check out your home wiring to make sure it can support the system.

The charger will retail for $1499 not including installation.

“With fast charge times, low pricing and a user-friendly design, the 240-volt home charge station will be on the shopping list of most Focus Electric buyers,” said Mike Tinskey, manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, Ford Motor Company. “By working with Best Buy to offer the charging station installation service solution, Ford is providing electric vehicle customers in the U.S. with a familiar, trusted source to turn to for their installation needs.”

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20 Responses to Ford to Sell its Home Electric Car Chargers at Best Buy

  1. Ralph Porter says:

    The Ford charger wil cost twice as much and instalation should done by a master electrician not a Best Buy Geek.

  2. Mike says:

    I agree with Ralph geek squad could lead to major issues

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  4. Scott says:

    I wouldn’t say it needs a master electrician… everyone is way overselling the complexity of this J-1772 plug. All they need to do is make sure you have enough capacity left in the service box for the 220v breaker required, add the breaker and run the cable to what everyone is calling chargers… but they aren’t. All the cable from the fancy looking box does is stay dead on the high voltage lines until the low voltage line gets the correct voltages from the vehicle once they are plugged in and it’s ordered to turn on. It’s an amazingly simple circuit as well… a diode and a couple of resistors so that an unplugged connector shows 12v and thus leaves the cable dead, plug it into the vehicle and it’ll become 9v, telling the it’s connected but not ready, and when the vehicle (or a switch) toggles ready, it drops the voltage to 6v which tells the circuit that it’s ok to supply the high voltage power. Here is a link to a short article on it… http://jackrickard.blogspot.com/2011/01/j1772-2009-charging-for-your-ev.html

    • Scott says:

      Oh… and I didn’t mean to imply that I’d be letting Geek Squad employees do the work. You can do it yourself with a bit of research or hire ANY electrician to do the hookup. I can’t believe the thousands of dollars companies are charging for this job, it isn’t any more difficult than installing wiring for a compressor or laundry machine in your garage.

  5. Sasparilla says:

    Just an FYI, the amperage for a level 2 charger with the standard J-1772 plug is normally controlled by the car that is getting charged (as long as the Amperage is available on the circuit the charger is connected to).

    So you’ll be able to plug a Volt and a Leaf into this “Ford” charger and it will only charge at 3.x amps (because the Volt and Leaf control that), then when you plug in the Focus Electric it will run at 6.x Amps and charge at twice the rate. The standard for a Level 2 charger to supply is above 7 Amps (might be significantly above that level I just don’t remember).

    Everyone keeps thinking the Chargers are these smart things, but for the most part they are not. The cars control the amperage, the start and end times etc., most of the smart is packaged in the cars.

    The good part of that is that the different cars will be able to use the Level 2 J-1772 chargers no matter who makes them and they should all work just right for the car plugged in.

  6. William Lee says:

    I noticed the referenced article mentioned that the charger they were building was designed for 120 VAC single phase or 240VAC 2 phase. Wonder if it also works on 240VAC split phase as less than 1/10 of 1% of houses have 3phase running to them, from which you could get 2phase power. All most all houses in the US use 240 VAC split phase in which the phases are 180 degrees apart instead of 120 degrees apart.
    Shouldn’t matter, but was surprised they only mentioned 2phase.

  7. Joe Bigford says:

    I want to know if I can take the plug, that plugs into the car, and wire my 240VAC single phase 50 amp direct to it. I would, be puting this directly into the car, without all that so called high priced charger. I have not been able to get anyone to tell me if the receving plug on the car is actualy receving 240VAC.

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