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.
Collaboration among the automakers, utility companies and
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
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 stop charging.
The formal collaboration between the automakers, utilities and
Utilities and regional transmission organizations participating in the software and hardware development and demonstration include
Global automotive manufacturers working alongside Ford include
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