Ford car maker company has unveiled new communications and control system intelligent vehicle-to-grid for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that “talks” directly with the nation’s electric grid. The new technology will build Ford’s advancements such as SYNC®, SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide and Ford Work Solutions™ and allows the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long and at what utility rate.
Bill Ford, ord’s executive chairman said “Electric vehicles are an important element of our strategy for improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions,” and “Electric vehicles are an important element of our strategy for improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions,”
All 21 of Ford’s fleet of plug-in hybrid Escapes eventually will be equipped with the vehicle-to-grid communications technology. The first of the specially equipped plug-in hybrids has been delivered to American Electric Power of Columbus, Ohio. Ford’s other utility partners’ vehicles will also be equipped with the communications technology.
he battery systems of these specially equipped plug-in hybrids can communicate directly with the electrical grid via smart meters provided by utility companies through wireless networking. The owner uses the vehicle’s touch screen navigation interface and Ford Work Solutions in-dash computer to choose when the vehicle should recharge, for how long and at what utility rate.
“We are designing what plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles will be capable of in the future,” said Greg Frenette, manager of Ford’s Battery Electric Vehicle Applications. “Direct communication between vehicles and the grid can only be accomplished through collaboration between automakers and utility companies, which Ford and its partners are demonstrating with this technology.”