Charging With Purpose
Ford launches a zero-carbon electric vehicle home charging initiative in California.
How Does It Work?
Plug In and Ford Tracks Your Energy Use
Ford uses your vehicle’s charging data to log the amount of electricity used as your vehicle charges. Equivalent Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are then purchased to match it with 100% renewable energy. All data is shared with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in order to generate Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits, which are later sold to regulated entities.
How Does It Work?
Ford Matches with Clean Energy
Ford reinvests all revenue generated from the sale of the LCFS credits to promote an EV future. By doing so, Ford helps to ensure future electric vehicle technology, education, and outreach in California.
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2021 and later model-year Ford plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles will be able to join the program.
All you need is a FordPass® account and an eligible vehicle with an activated modem in your FordPass garage. If you use Phone-as-a-Key or can see your vehicle’s current data in FordPass, then your modem is active!
Customers can enroll in the Sustainable Charging program within the Privacy section of your FordPass account. First, click on “Manage your data sharing.” California customers eligible to participate will see a “California Air Resources Board” item under the “Sustainable Charging” section. Click here and review the materials. If you consent to data sharing, turn on “Data Sharing” with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This enrolls you in the program and your vehicle will begin sharing data. As long as this slider is in the “on” position, you’ll be in the program and sharing data. If you switch to “off,” this will unenroll you from the program and stop sharing data with CARB.
You can also unenroll from Sustainable Charging in the Privacy section of your FordPass account. Click on “Manage your data sharing” and turn the Data Sharing with “California Air Resources Board” to “Off.” Ford will stop sharing data with CARB and will stop including your charging in the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) purchases.
NOTE: While Ford stops sharing data immediately, unenrollment is not processed until the end of the month. It may take up to 30 days to be able to re-enroll your vehicle in the program after processing an unenrollment.
No. The data shared with CARB is received from the vehicle via the vehicle's modem. You can use any charger, including the Ford Mobile Charger that comes with your vehicle.
Ford reviews all participating customers charge sessions for residential locations in California. In typical cases, the electricity used for these sessions will all qualify for the renewable energy matching. However, there may be instances of some locations being claimed by another entity in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. (For example, if you charge within an apartment complex, and that location is already part of the program through the local electric utility, your charging may be claimed by the local electric utility.) Rest assured that charging at these locations – even those claimed by other entities – still helps to reduce carbon charging.
Ford provides information on vehicle electricity use and Renewable Energy Certificate purchases to CARB for the purpose of generating LCFS credits. Ford later sells these credits to regulated entities (i.e., petroleum fuel importers, refiners, and wholesalers) who are required to purchase credits under the LCFS. In addition, Ford will reinvest all revenue generated into programs that advance vehicle electrification and reduce carbon emissions in California.
By joining the Ford Sustainable Charging Program, Ford EV customers can help advance the growth of renewable energy in California. Ford will acquire Renewable Energy Certificates matching the amount of electricity Ford electric vehicle customers use to charge their vehicles, but only if those customers opt in. Renewable Energy Certificates are an EPA-recognized method to track the generation and consumption of renewable energy.
Customers opt in to share vehicle energy consumption, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and charging location with CARB and support Ford’s participation in the LFCS program. Identifying information like name, address, or phone number will not be shared, and customers can opt out at any time.
- aFordPass® App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.