Car-grid courtship continues

  • 07-Apr-2010 03:36 EDT

Microsoft's Hohm (shown here in concept form) will help Ford EV owners optimize the way they charge their vehicles and manage their home's energy use.

Matchmaking between car companies and utilities is getting hot and heavy as automakers prepare to deliver ever-increasing numbers of full and partial electric vehicles to market. Recent examples include Renault-Nissan of France and Acciona of Spain signing an agreement under which the latter will develop an intelligent charging network, provide associated services, and supply electricity produced from renewable sources while Nissan will ensure that the network is compatible with electric vehicles and their navigation systems. General Motors and Con Edison announced a demonstration program to introduce electric vehicles in New York. Ford and Microsoft jointly introduced “a new way for consumers to manage their energy use if they choose to plug in their next vehicle.” The software maker’s Hohm application allows customers to connect to their local utility provider to better understand and manage their home’s energy usage and is the latest component in Ford’s global electrification plants.

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