Get FordPass™ Remote Services for Free

When you buy a new Ford vehicle, you’ll also get an array of connected services like remote start, maintenance appointment scheduling, and more — at no extra charge.

Available to Ford customers through a smartphone app, FordPass™ remote services are now complimentary instead of subscription-based. Ford is the first major automaker to provide these app-based remote services for free.

Ford already offers a free standard 911 Assist system that pairs with mobile phones to notify emergency responders after a crash.

“This approach truly sets us apart in the industry,” said Jason Sprawka, Ford’s director of customer experience. “We know that keeping our customers connected and engaged is key to building a deeper relationships with them.”

With FordPass™, customers can start, lock, and unlock a vehicle using the app. They can also schedule service at a Ford dealership, check fuel and fluid levels, and request roadside assistance. FordPass™ users are also automatically eligible for FordPass™ Rewards, a loyalty program that lets customers earn points for buying, leasing, or servicing a Ford vehicle at participating dealerships. These points can be redeemed for free maintenance services.

Learn more about FordPass™ when you visit Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown to test-drive one of our many outstanding Ford models.

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Showcases New Tech

For the 2020 model year, Ford plans to introduce a new Ford Explorer Hybrid model with an innovative new transmission system, which Ford calls “modular hybrid technology.” This technology, which you’ll be able to test here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, will simultaneously improve the Explorer’s efficiency and capabilities.

The new transmission system will make its debut in the 2020 Explorer. Ford also plans to incorporate it into new F-150 and Bronco hybrid models. The system will work with the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and will add an electric motor for more power and torque.

“Hybrids are more than just fuel efficiency,” said Dave Filipe, Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering. “Whatever solutions we provide have to be no-compromise, especially as we get into the larger vehicles. We need to create something different to get the right answer for this customer segment.”

The 2020 Explorer Hybrid will have a combined output of 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. With its hybrid system, it will have an estimated driving range around 500 miles and will still be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Joining the Explorer Hybrid next year will also be a 2020 Escape Hybrid and an Escape Plug-in Hybrid. These smaller models will use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and will be able to drive up to 85 mph using only battery power.