Ford announces 'intelligent' system to link hybrids to power grid

Ford announces today an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system.

Ford Motor Company announced it has developed an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that "talks" directly with the nation's electric grid.

This new technology--which builds on Ford's advancements such as SYNC, SmartGauge with EcoGuide, and Ford Work Solutions--lets the driver program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long, and at what utility rate.

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.

(Source: Ford)

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