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Today at the New York International Auto Show, Microsoft and Ford Motor Co. announced that the two companies are teaming up to implement the Microsoft Hohm home energy management application in Ford’s upcoming electric vehicles. Ford is the first automaker announcing the use of Hohm, starting with the new Focus Electric next year. Hohm will help owners determine when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).
Hohm will allow Ford electric vehicle owners to use the Internet-based service to manage the recharging of their electric vehicle from their PC or devices. Built on Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform, Hohm will help drivers to determine the best time to charge their vehicle. Ford has plans to put five new electrified vehicles on the road by 2013. Smart recharging habits of these vehicles will help utility companies understand and better manage the increased demands placed upon the electrical grid because of electrified vehicles.
Here’s a quote from Ford CEO Alan Mulally on the announcement: “Rechargeable vehicles represent a new frontier. Their commercialization will take broad-based collaboration and systems solutions,” said Mulally. “Working together, Ford and Microsoft will provide the systems solutions to help facilitate this exciting future.”
For more information, see the press release here and a story on Microsoft News Center featuring Troy Batterberry, unit product manager for Microsoft Hohm.
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