Ford is collaborating with seven global automakers and 15 U.S.
utilities to develop technology that would allow plug-in electric
vehicles to exchange messages with energy providers
This new software-based technology would let plug-in electric vehicles
from all participating automakers communicate with the power
companies, managing vehicle charging to help keep the electric grid in
balance and running efficiently
This opt-in program would help manage power and prevent power-grid
overload. Owners of plug-in vehicles could receive financial
incentives to participate
DEARBORN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Ford Motor Company is collaborating with seven of the world’s largest
automakers and 15 U.S. utility companies to develop technology for
plug-in electric vehicles to talk to the utilities via the cloud – a
move that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the
Collaboration among the automakers, utility companies and Electric Power
Research Institute is integral to the pilot program, which will create a
standards-based communications platform for use by plug-in electric
vehicles and the electric grids. This platform will enable the utilities
to contact vehicle customers who have opted-in to the program, sending a
request for those cars to stop charging temporarily to help manage a
grid that is becoming overloaded.
This approach uses existing communications technology and standards,
such as Ford’s MyFord® Mobile App, and pushes to advance
those systems by enabling two-way communication between the electric
grid and electric vehicles.
“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.”
Participating utility companies are prepared to offer financial
incentives to owners who make their cars available to the grid, similar
to utilities offering customers discounts for allowing their home air
conditioning to run intermittently during times of high demand.
Customers who opt-in to the program can charge their cars at a location
of their choice and have the ability to ignore the utility’s request to
The formal collaboration between the automakers, utilities and Electric
Power Research Institute began in fall 2012. However, the concept and
application of electric vehicle/grid integration has been studied
extensively by numerous research groups for more than 10 years.
Utilities and regional transmission organizations participating in the
software and hardware development and demonstration include DTE Energy
Company, Duke Energy, PJM Interconnection LLC, CenterPoint Energy Inc.,
Southern Company, Northeast Utilities, Southern California Edison,
Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, Commonwealth
Edison, TVA, Manitoba Hydro, Austin Energy, ConEd and CPS Energy.
Global automotive manufacturers working alongside Ford include American
Honda Motor Co., BMW Group, Chrysler Group, General Motors Co.,
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America Inc., Mitsubishi
Motors North America Inc. and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
North America Inc.
About Ford Motor Company
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Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company
provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more
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Source: Ford Motor Company