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Ford price target raised to $25 from $19 at Wells Fargo

On December 16, 2021, Wells Fargo analyst Colin Langan raised the firm’s price target on Ford (F) to $25 from $19 and keeps an Overweight rating on the shares. The increased multiple reflects his more optimistic view of the multi-year auto recovery. Langan is also incorporating $11.7B in value for its stake in Rivian (RIVN) and $6B in value for Argo AI.

Ford price target raised to $23 from $18 at Barclays

Also on December 16, 2021, Barclays analyst Brian Johnson raised the firm’s price target on Ford to $23 from $18 and keeps an Overweight rating on the shares. The analyst says that while investors seem largely inclined to buy auto suppliers for a 2022 production rebound, he’s cautious about the impact of inflation on the group. Meanwhile, carmakers “should continue to enjoy strong pricing with tight inventories,” Johnson tells investors in a research note.

Ford Pro Charging Launches to Help Businesses of All Sizes Overcome the Hurdle to Seamless Electrification

On December 16, 2021, Ford Pro™ announced the launch of Ford Pro Charging, a comprehensive solution for commercial electric vehicle charging. While more commercial customers want to switch to electric vehicles to reduce maintenance costs, minimize emissions and drive down total cost of ownership*, the transition from all internal combustion-powered fleets can be complex. Ford Pro Charging will help ease this transition by delivering intuitive software and commercial hardware infrastructure to support charging and energy management.

  1. Ford Pro Charging offers enterprise-grade charge management software, hardware and services to support commercial customers running a fleet of electric vehicles
  2. A simple management solution for electrified fleets of all makes and sizes, Ford Pro Charging lets customers switch between charging at depots, employee homes, and public charging stations
  3. Ford Pro Charging’s goal is to provide integrated end-to-end charging solutions including consultation on depot site design, installation, operations, maintenance, and support all backed by Ford Pro to give customers peace of mind while helping them optimize energy costs and uptime
  4. Ford Pro expects annual U.S. industry sales of full-size all-electric trucks and vans in the commercial and government segments to be over 300K by 2030. With 125,000 fleet customers of all sizes in the U.S., Ford is uniquely positioned to build on these relationships as a trusted partner that can enable their transition to electric vehicles

“Customers are saying, ‘We want the E-Transit ® and F-150 Lightning™ Pro, but how are we going to charge and operate them efficiently once they’re in our fleet?’” said Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro, a separate business within Ford focused on commercial customers of all sizes. “They are depending on us to provide the electric vehicles and the integrated solutions designed for EVs that they need for charging and connectivity. Ford Pro Charging is an industry first solution that is focused on helping our customers plan for, operate and deploy charging solutions so they can reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.”

Commercial vehicles spend extended amounts of time on the road often hauling heavy loads, and the energy use needs to be managed carefully. Understanding fleet operations while balancing demand for energy gets to the bedrock of the Ford Pro Charging advantage. Data streams from today’s connected Ford commercial vehicles have been leveraged to predict and manage the operational needs of electrified fleets.

This is what makes Ford Pro Charging a crucial bridge to the future – the software analyzes how each fleet operates and can precisely orchestrate charging management based on those behaviors. Most importantly, the technology solves meaningful problems for customers, such as determining the optimal times to charge based on energy rates.

“Our current fleet of connected vehicles allow us to learn from existing fleet behaviors so we can build the right infrastructure and the right charge management software,” says Muffi Ghadiali, head of Ford Pro Charging. “Let’s say the customer fleet returns around 10 p.m. planning to go back out starting at 5 a.m. You have a limited window for charging and have to make charging decisions in a highly dynamic environment. Does every vehicle need to be fully charged? Can we balance charge power against the available charging window to take advantage of low overnight energy rates? Ford Pro Charging accounts for a multitude of variables and controls each charge station precisely to optimize energy costs and ensure vehicle uptime.”

Ford Pro Charging aims to be part of every fleet customer’s electrification journey. This starts on day one and continues through every step of the electrification process – identifying available incentives, with Ford Pro consulting on the design and construction of optimal charging sites that can scale with fleet operations, while collaborating with local utility partners on energy and infrastructure needs. Ford Pro Charging offers a turnkey solution starting with site review and design consultations to determine the number and type of chargers needed, plus service to manage installation of commercial-grade charging hardware.

Ford Pro expects the depot charging industry to grow to nearly 900,000 full-size trucks and vans in the U.S. by 2030. While some fleets need the control and certainty of depot chargers “behind the fence” on company property, others may not have the business model or desire to make an investment in depot charging infrastructure. Ford Pro Charging has them covered, too. Customers have access to over 70,000 public charging ports, with over 3,200 DC fast charging stations (over 7,300 plugs) and growing** on the nationwide Blue Oval Charging Network. For fleet drivers needing to charge overnight at home, Ford Pro offers a complete solution from home charger installation to software capabilities for tracking, reporting and simplifying driver reimbursement.

Taking an open-standards approach, Ford Pro Charging is designed to interoperate with electric vehicles from a multitude of OEMs and vehicle classes – from forklifts to heavy-duty trucks. The software solution enables remote monitoring and management and can relay charge rate, optimal charge times and service alerts. In conjunction with Ford Pro E-Telematics, exclusive features such as battery pre-conditioning can maximize range and battery performance. Powerful insights and data are integrated in a seamless user experience for fleets, meaning customers can manage their vehicles and fleet operations with a single account that gives them access to the full suite of Ford Pro Charging management and E-Telematics solutions.***

Knowing that the transition to EVs will not be immediate, Ford Pro makes it easier to manage by providing a single solution for both ICE and EV fleet management. According to Ford, commercial customers turnover between 10 -15% of their fleet each year so many will manage a mixed fleet of vehicles for a long time. Ford Pro makes it easier for our 125,000 active US customers to operate their whole fleet and upfits as they add electric versions of the Transit and F-150 to their existing fleet. This includes small and medium businesses and local government customers that are often overlooked and underserved.

📺 Ford CEO Farley on EV Production, Chip Shortage, Tesla

On December 15, 2021, Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley discusses the automaker’s plans to boost production of its electric vehicles after consumer demand exceeded expectations, the ongoing semiconductor shortage, and sales rivalry with Tesla Inc. on “Balance of Power.”

📈 Ford Stock Technical Analysis

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Both the short-term and long-term trends are positive. This is a very positive sign. F is one of the better-performing stocks in the Automobiles industry, it outperforms 92% of 26 stocks in the same industry. F is currently trading in the upper part of its 52-week range. The S&P500 Index is also trading in the upper part of its 52-week range, so F is performing more or less in line with the market. There is a support zone ranging from 19.14 to 19.14. This zone is formed by a combination of multiple trend lines in multiple time frames. There is resistance at 19.30 from a trend line in the daily time frame. F has an excellent technical rating and also presents a decent setup pattern. We see reduced volatility while prices have been consolidating in the most recent period. There is very little resistance above the current price. There is a support zone below the current price at 19.30, a stop order could be placed below this zone. Click here to sign up for email alerts on when Ford stock is a good buy or sell.

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