How to Store Your EV When You’re Not Using It

Ford Fusion Energi

During this global pandemic, most of us are driving our vehicles a lot less often than we used to. If you bought an electric vehicle for your commute, but now your commute is only a walk to your dining room, there are a few things you need to do to store your EV. These tips come from Bob Taenaka, senior technical leader for Battery and Cell System Development at Ford.

Keep your 12-volt battery charged

If you drive your hybrid or electric vehicle at least once a month, this should keep your 12-volt battery charged. If you are not driving it, plug it in for at least 8 hours total each month.

Charge the high-voltage battery

In addition to the 12-volt battery, you also need to make sure your high-voltage battery has a charge. Taenaka recommends storing your vehicle with a charge between 10 and 80%. If it is at less than 10%, you run the risk of the battery becoming completely depleted.

Store your vehicle (when isolating 30 days or more)

If you do not plan on driving your Ford hybrid for more than a month, you should disconnect the negative terminal from your 12-volt battery. Or, if your vehicle is a plug-in hybrid or EV, you can leave it plugged in. A final option is to connect your 12-volt battery to a 12-volt battery charger.

If you plan on storing your EV for an extended period of time, make sure it’s in good shape beforehand. Visit Sanderson Ford’s service department and we’ll give your EV the care it needs.

Ford Mustang is Best-Selling Sports Car in the World

2020 Ford Mustang

You probably know that the Ford F-150 is the best-selling pickup truck, but did you know Ford also has another best-selling vehicle? The Ford Mustang is the best-selling sports car in the world and holds the title for the world’s best-selling sports coupe for five years in a row.

In 2015, Ford started shipping the sixth-generation Mustang around the world. Since then, Ford has sold more than 633,000 Mustangs in 146 countries. The current Ford lineup includes 12 Mustang variants including the Mustang EcoBoost®, GT, BULLITT, Shelby® GT350, GT350R, GT500, and a range of performance packages and upgrades.

“We’re proud of our growing Mustang stable and performance variants,” said Jim Farley, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company. “From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more driving enthusiasts are enjoying the feeling of freedom and the American open road in these new Mustangs. We are honored to serve our owners, enthusiasts and fans for 56 years and counting.”

For the most impressive, track-ready performance, choose the 2020 Mustang Shelby® GT500®. It comes standard with a 5.2-liter supercharged cross plane crank V8 that delivers 760 horsepower at 7,300 RPM. This Mustang model also comes with Launch Control, Selectable Drive Modes, and a 12-inch LCD Digital Instrument Cluster.

Visit Sanderson Ford for a closer look at the best-selling sports car in the world!

Ford to Make 50,000 Ventilators Over 100 Days

Ford Ventilator Plan

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The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the nation’s focus towards preventing its spread and caring for those who are affected. The Ford Motor Company has committed to partner with GE Healthcare to produce 50,000 ventilators within 100 days of the April 20th start-date with an additional 30,000 coming in the month after as needed.

Ford’s manufacturing capabilities will allow for production at a much higher scale while GE Healthcare’s clinical expertise will guide the efforts. The ventilator design is licensed from Airon Corp and is easily scalable thanks to its lack of a need for electricity; the GE/Airon Model A-E ventilator is powered by air pressure and meets the needs of almost all COVID-19 patients.

Production began on April 20th at Ford’s Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 500 paid volunteers will work around the clock over three shifts to produce 7,200 ventilators every week, as opposed to the 3 per day Airon was building before.

Ford expects to have produced 1,500 ventilators by the end of April, 12,000 come June 1st, and 50,000 by the 4th of July in a concentrated attempt to help the U.S. government reach its goal of building 100,000 ventilators in 100 days.

Though business is a lot slower than we’re used to at Sanderson Ford, we’re glad that Ford is investing so many resources in helping people around the country!

Ford Offers New Car Buyers Up to 6 Months of Monthly Payment Relief

Ford Offers New Car Buyers Up to 6 Months of Monthly Payment Relief

Ford Motor Company is doing its part to help ease the burdens that people across our country are shouldering due to the coronavirus pandemic. In mid-March, Ford executives met with dealers throughout the nation to gauge what their customers need the most, and the answer was clear: monthly payment relief for those affected by COVID-19.

Eligible new Ford customers who finance their vehicles through Ford Credit will be able to receive up to 6 months of payment relief through the “Built to Lend a Hand” program. 3 months of the period will be completely covered by Ford and customers are enabled to defer for up to 3 additional months for a 6-month total.

The Built to Lend a Hand program is for customers with new 2019 and 2020 models minus the 2020 F-Series Super Duty. This payment plan came about shortly after the well-received Ford Credit program, which encourages customers whose finances have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic to call Ford Credit and discuss their options.

Ford dealers such as Sanderson Ford will offer online sales experiences so prospective customers can still do their research. Services also include pickup and delivery for maintenance. To help prevent the spread of coronavirus and grow peace of mind, Ford is supplying a new disinfection process for new and loaner vehicles.

If you recently purchased a vehicle at Sanderson Ford, make sure to call us if you have questions about monthly payment relief!

Save Money and Protect Your Vehicle with Ford Insure Program

Ford Insure Program

Insuring your vehicle isn’t just a smart thing to do: it’s the law. Thanks to a new partnership with Nationwide Insurance, Ford owners can insure their new vehicles more efficiently than ever and save money at the same time.

When you buy a qualifying new vehicle from Sanderson Ford, you can participate in the new Ford Insure program using the FordPass™ app. Simply sign in, select the insurance widget, and watch as your personal information is prepopulated into the application. From there, you will receive a quote that you can purchase to protect your Ford vehicle right away.

Ford’s Chief Customer Experience Officer, Elena Ford, explained the appeal of the program: “Insure makes getting insurance easier for connected-vehicle customers to cover one of their biggest investments — their vehicle — while saving money.”

Customers who enroll in the Ford Insure program have the opportunity to save a lot of money on their insurance costs. Not only are customers eligible for Nationwide’s signature Accident Forgiveness policy, but customers who enroll with Ford Insure are automatically opted in to the SmartRide program. This program allows users to save as much as 40 percent on their insurance premiums depending on how safely they drive. Driving habits like hard braking, quick acceleration, and night driving are recorded in an internal modem and sent to Nationwide for analysis.

If you are interested in signing up for the Ford Insure program, visit Sanderson Ford today to purchase an eligible new 2020 Ford car, truck, or SUV.

 

Ford Mustang Mach-E Technicians Get Virtual Reality Maintenance Training

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The upcoming all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E is not only set to revolutionize the road, but will also dramatically alter the way automotive technicians learn to service the state-of-the-art crossover. An all-new virtual reality maintenance training system, developed through a partnership between Ford and technology firm Bosch, will allow technicians to learn to repair and service the upcoming electric vehicle without the need for hands-on exposure.

The new maintenance training system is accessed using an Oculus Quest VR headset that simulates the Mustang Mach-E and guides technicians through maintenance and repair using instructional, gamified modules. According to Ford’s Director of Service Engineering Operations, Dave Johnson, “This new virtual reality training tool allows technicians to understand the components and steps required to service these high-voltage systems, then confidently perform diagnostics and maintenance.”

The VR maintenance training system was initially developed by Bosch as a prototype that was tested by automotive students and their teachers as well as seasoned technicians. Ford, the first automotive manufacturer to pioneer Bosch’s technology, aptly chose the innovative Mustang Mach-E as its pilot vehicle to foray into the world of VR training.

In the coming years, Ford and Bosch expect to expand the virtual reality training program to include additional Ford vehicles and new capabilities to attract fresh talent to the industry.

 

Mustang Mach-E Frunk Makes for Epic Tailgating Season

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

If you want to have an epic tailgating season, you’ve got to start planning early. Luckily there’s a new tool perfect for those who love sports cars as much as they love football. The new Mustang Mach-E is the all-electric muscle car that has it all: zero emissions, striking, sporty design, an agile, thrilling ride, and a frunk. What’s a frunk you ask? It’s a front trunk, and a versatile one at that.

 

The Mustang Mach-E frunk has 4.8 cubic feet of plastic space, which is the same amount of space as you’ll find in a 36-gallon cooler. We point this out because this frunk is drainable, and therefore perfect for using in place of a large cooler. The next time you’re setting up for a tailgate party on a game day, you can serve your chilled beverages and snacks straight from the Mustang Mach-E frunk.

 

There’s lots of room for creativity here, and so many ways to put the frunk to use and upgrade your tailgating game. Pack it with ice and use it to keep beverages or perishable snacks cold, then let it drain on its own after the party. You could also fill it with warm snacks — Ford suggests chicken wings — and simply hose away the mess when you’re home.

 

There’s a lot more to love about the new Mustang Mach-E than just its frunk. Learn more about the upcoming electric SUV at Sanderson Ford.

 

Ford Super Duty Gets Integrated Winch

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Looking to take your workhorse out for a little playful off-roading after a hard day’s work? Now you can embrace outings like this with more certainty, thanks to the new integrated winch for Ford Super Duty trucks. Each 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickups that include the Tremor Off-Road Package can be equipped with an electric winch.

 

The Ford Performance Parts winch was designed by Warn to winch up to 12,000 pounds. Current shoppers can choose to have it installed in the factory, but it’s also possible to have it as a dealer-installed after-sale accessory. The winch is available in both gas and diesel-powered Super Duty Tremor trucks.

 

The integrated winch balances safety, practicality, and capability. It’s fully integrated and mounted behind the bumper, so it doesn’t affect clearance at all. A high-tensile strength, abrasion-resistant synthetic cable allows the winch to clear obstacles with confidence, whether it’s dragging a fallen tree away from a path or pulling a rig from the mud. A class-exclusive wireless remote control is the standard mode of operation, but a wired remote control is available as well.

 

With the addition of the winch, which was designed to meet the Built Ford Tough standards, drivers have yet another way to put to use these powerful trucks, whether at work or at play. Get your winch-equipped Ford Super Duty at Sanderson Ford!

 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition is Already Sold Out

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Phoenix, AZ

The Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric performance SUV may not come out for many more months, but the Mustang Mach-E First Edition is already out of reservation slots. As of December 30 of last year, some models such as the GT and Premium were still available, but that may have changed in the past few weeks.

Ford released a few pieces of data compiled from the Mach-E pre-orders, including that over a quarter of all orders came from buyers in California. There’s a small preference for all-wheel drive over rear-wheel drive — 55 percent of orders are AWD — while the extended range battery is much more popular than the standard range at 80 percent of pre-orders.

Ford first announced the new Mustang Mach-E, the first expansion on the Mustang lineup in its 55-year run, in November of 2019. The Mach-E is designed to deliver the thrilling ride of the Mustang sports car, plus the added utility of an SUV, topped off with all-electric performance that is both exhilarating and environmentally friendly.

Ford estimates that the Mach-E will have an all-electric range of around 300 miles, though EPA testing has not been completed yet. The Mach-E’s engine and electric motor combined will put out 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, and Ford is tweaking the GT Performance Edition for leading acceleration at 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds.

Just because the Mustang Mach-E First Edition is sold out doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on Ford’s exciting new electric SUV. Call Sanderson Ford and let us know about your interest in the Mach-E!

Ford is Best-Selling Vehicle Brand in America for the 10th Year Running

Ford is Best-Selling Vehicle Brand in America  | Phoenix, AZ

For the tenth year in a row, Ford has dominated the American auto industry as the best-selling vehicle brand in America. This year also marks the 43rd year that the Ford F Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in America.

According to a report detailing Ford sales in the last quarter of 2019, Ford truck sales were up over 15 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018, marking the best fourth-quarter truck sales for the brand in nearly 20 years. The Ranger saw its best sales quarter since its 2019 release. In total, Ford sold over 986,000 trucks in 2019.

The fourth quarter of 2019 was fantastic for Ford in plenty of other categories too. Q4 of 2019 was the best quarter for commercial vans since 1978 — that’s over 30 years — and the Expedition and EcoSport both saw significant sales increases over last year. Sales of the Explorer increased a whopping 52.4 percent over the previous quarter, and Mustang sales increased by 20.4 percent.

Ford saw minor drops in SUV sales and a massive drop in car sales, consistent with auto industry trends away from sedans and toward SUVs and trucks. It’s also significant to note that Lincoln, the luxury car division of Ford Motor Company, saw an impressive 30.9 percent increase in SUV sales.

One doesn’t become the best-selling vehicle brand in America for no reason. Visit Sanderson Ford to discover what makes Ford and its cars, SUVs and pickup trucks so great!

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