October 17, 2019 / 2:56 PM / a month ago

Ford partners with Volkswagen, Amazon to build charging network for cars

FILE PHOTO: The VW logo is seen at the site of the first hearing of a consumer group's class action suit on behalf of Volkswagen owners against VW over the diesel emissions cheating scandal, at the Higher Regional Court in Braunschweig, Germany, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it was teaming up with Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and Amazon.com to give its future electric car customers a range of charging options from highways to homes.

The network of charging stations will be the largest in North America with 12,000 locations and more than 35,000 charge plugs, Ford said.

The No. 2 U.S. carmaker has laid out plans to invest more than $11 billion in electric vehicles and is targeting majority of its sales from them by 2022.

The network will give Ford car owners access to fast charging station sites that will be set up by Volkswagen’s Electrify America.

Ford is also working with Amazon for installation of home charging setups.

Reporting by Dominic Roshan K.L. in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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