Ford is collaborating with seven automakers, including BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, and Toyota, as well as 15 U.S. utility companies to develop technology that would enable plug-in electric vehicles to “talk” to charging utilities via the cloud.
The benefit of the technology is to help manage and improve the efficiency of the power grid. The collaborating automakers and companies will create a standards-based communication platform for use by plug-in electric vehicles and the electric grids. It will enable utilities to contact vehicles customers who have opted-in to the program to request their car to stop charging temporarily to alleviate stress on the grid.
The utility companies are prepared to offer financial incentives to participating owners. Those who opt-in to the program will be able to charge their car at any location of their choice and, if desired, ignore the request to stop charging.
“This innovative platform provides a critical enabler for the next step in vehicle electrification,” said Mike Tinskey, associate global director, Electrification Infrastructure for Ford. “It’s a way for plug-in electric vehicle drivers to be financially rewarded for their willingness to help manage the electric grid.”
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