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Ford Deploys Electric-Car-to-Grid System

The automaker has developed an device for car owners to program and for how long to charge their

August 18, 2009

Ford Co. has figured out a way for its cars to talk to the grid.

The automaker said it has engineered a communications system would allow car owners to when and for how long to charge electric vehicles’ batteries.

The car which is due to launch all electric and hybrid vehicles starting plans to test the system utilities across the country.

Ford plans to equip 21 of its plug-in hybrid Escapes the system and send them out for trials. The first one with the new technology has already been to American Electric Power in Ohio.

The carmaker plans to the remaining 20 Escapes in the fourth of this year. The utilities carry out the field testing for years, said Greg Ford’s manager for the electric programs.

Ford hasn’t whether to build the communication on its own or license it to suppliers, Frenette The technology could make its way to its electric Focus and a plug-in he added.

Ford plans to launch an Transit Connect van in 2010, by the electric Focus in 2011 and the hybrid in 2012. The company discloses the model for the plug-in

The automaker is developing the technology to some thorny issues for the car owners and utilities.

Consumers to know when they can get electrons to power their and utilities want to know how to manage the growing demand for and avoid power outages if cars become widely

Many utilities have consumers to charge their mostly at night, when is cheaper. But field trials shown that consumers not behave as expected. They forget to charge at night.

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also want easy to charging stations during the

Consumers would program the via an onboard touch screen. could even decide to charge their cars when renewable power is over the grid, Ford

The car’s computer would the charging instructions to the grid via the electric meters provide by the

Unlike the conventional meters have been around for this new breed of meter with sensors and wireless abilities that enable it to each customer’s energy in real-time and to alert utilities of any problems. Many utilities in the are gradually rolling out these new

Ford has been doing testing of plug-in hybrid since 2007, the company It has inked many research and agreements with many and the Electric Power Research whose members are power and distributors.

Back in October, Ford and its partners received $10 million year from the U.S. of Energy to develop and demonstrate hybrid electric cars.

this month, the DOE announced two for Ford’s electric car program. A $30 grant would be used for demonstration and grid integration. A million grant would be for manufacturing an electric-drive transaxle for hybrid and plug-in hybrid Ford said.

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