Announced on the heels of the 2022 E-Transit debut, Ford is expanding its offering of fleet management tools to provide electric-vehicle data, charging reports and web-based pre-conditioning, in addition to new features that help secure vehicles and enhance driver performance.
With the new fleet-wide energy monitoring and vehicle management tools from Ford Commericial Solutions available through app and web-based interfaces, Ford is helping NA commercial fleets make the transition to electric. The features will be available to E-Transit customers when it hits dealerships in 2022.
New electric vehicle tools enable fleet operators to monitor the performance of individual vans, manage energy usage and gain insights into their performance. Using electric vehicle specific data such as kWh consumption, charge speed, distance to empty and more, managers can better understand how their operating in real-time to optimize their fleet.
Along with electric vehicle-specific services, Ford Commercial Solutions is expanding its fleet management offerings to help North American commercial vehicle customers better manage and optimize the efficiency of their fleets.
Helping to improve the performance of their drivers is top of mind for fleet operators, which is why Ford is introducing in-vehicle, real-time driver coaching through SYNC 41 voice assistant. Any time a driver exceeds a speed limit, rapidly accelerates, brakes harshly, leaves the vehicle running while parked or fails to fasten a seatbelt, they will receive an in-car audio message asking them to correct their behavior.
Additionally, Ford Telematics2 will enable customers to confidently secure and remotely monitor their vehicles after hours. New alerts will notify fleet operators if a vehicle is potentially being stolen, if it’s used without authorization, if it’s being towed or even if it has been damaged while parked. If any of these events occur, GPS tracking also allows managers to see the location of their vehicles even when they are turned off.
Ford is also offering integrated Driver ID, giving managers an easy way to associate specific drivers with vehicles. By allowing drivers to enter a driver-specific code into the SYNC screen, fleet managers get an accurate record of which driver is using which vehicle. By associating a driver with a specific vehicle, managers could analyze performance metrics to potentially identify new coaching opportunities to help manage driver performance.
All of these features build on Ford Telematics’ existing offerings, which include GPS tracking and geofencing capabilities, vehicle health alerts, fuel and energy consumption data and more.
Beyond these new telematics-based services, Ford Commercial Solutions offers Ford Data Services, which provides manufacturer-grade data from vehicles for integration with proprietary software or existing authorized telematics providers, without the need for third-party plug-in devices.
Ford Commercial Solutions, a division of Ford, is dedicated to helping fleets improve their operational effectiveness by offering manufacturer-grade connected vehicle data and information verified by Ford engineers. When enabled by an activated 4G LTE modem3 – now embedded standard on all new Ford vehicles – these connected solutions unlock available software subscriptions that help fleets manage their vehicles.
“Knowledge is power – and Ford is empowering commercial businesses by giving them the information they need to get the most out of their electric vehicles,” said Julius Marchwicki, chief operating officer, Ford Commercial Solutions. “Our new connected services and telematics- based offerings from Ford don’t just help fleets optimize the performance of their fleet and help improve the performance of their drivers – they help ensure businesses can stay focused on providing great service to their customers.”