Ford wants to make it cheaper to recharge vehicles

Ford plans to develop future electric vehicles to have the ability to communicate with power grids, offering cheaper, more efficient charging, according to Ford spokespeople.  Specifically, the in-vehicle technology will help drivers pick cheaper times to recharge their electric cars.

As American auto buyers continue to look for green cars to purchase, automakers have looked more into electric technology -- the problem with this move, however, means automakers must create electric vehicles while power companies look into creating recharging power grids.

Most utility companies now have the technology to support electric cars, and it's more likely some Americans will need to have adapters and other technology installed in their garage.

"At the end of the day this has to be easy for our consumer," Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said during a recent meeting regarding electrification.  "This can't just be an interesting science experiment.  This has to be something that makes people's lives better and easier and that is what our dialogue is all about."

Ford is attempting to offer connectivity so car owners have the ability to recharge their cars during off-peak hours or when there is a type of renewable energy powering the grid, the company also added.  This is part of the overall goal to help ensure electrified cars are more accepted, as the cost of recharging vehicles during off-peak hours is cheaper and is less likely to threaten the grid's overall stability.

Ford has remained somewhat secretive when it comes to electric vehicles, while General Motors recently proudly stated its Chevrolet Volt will be able to get up to 230 mpg

Each automaker is now attempting to deal with "smart" charging to help keep rates lower, with vehicles ranging from plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicles to full electric cars.  Since the bulk of these green vehicles are still many months -- with most a year or more away -- there is time to better develop any necessary in-car technology.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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