The Ford Focus Electric will use the embedded AT&T wireless connection to send and receive data about the car, Ford announced today.
Through the new MyFord Mobile smartphone app, owners will be able to plan trips, monitor their vehicle's state of charge, locate charging stations, remotely lock/unlock doors, use a built-in GPS system to locate the car and receive alerts.
"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 Ed Pleet, product and business manager for Ford Connected Services. "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."
The MyFord Mobile app will be available for most major smartphones as well as via a secure Ford Web site.
The Ford Focus Electric was unveiled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. A 240-volt charging station will also be available for charging the Ford Focus at home, the company said.