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Ford Partners with Microsoft to Bring Energy Management to EVs

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Microsoft has a new partner for its Hohm softwareFord Motor Co.  The two companies are pairing up to outfit Ford's electric vehicles with Hohm's energy management tools.

The partnership will allow the EV drivers to only now pfizer viagra 50mg charge their cars in a more affordable and responsible way, lessening the strain on the grid during peak hours and allowing the vizuka.com utilities to better cope with the demands of EVs as they become more commonplace.  Smart grid tools are necessary for electric cars to be successful, so integrating this type of energy management software right into the car is vignovin.com a great step by Ford.

The software will be installed in future all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from Ford, beginning with the all-electric Ford Focus in 2011.  Ford and Microsoft will also be working with individual utilities and cities to bring together what they're calling the "entire energy ecosystem."

via GreenBiz

 

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Is this a good thing?
written by beforewisdom, April 01, 2010
Am I the only who sees this as an unholy matrimony?

Microsoft "DLL Hell", blue screen, reboot your system software in a car.

A car from Ford, the company that built the Pinto, one of the worst cars in history, knowing that the gas tank would combust in collisions, but doing it anyway after a cost-benefit analysis showed them that Ford would still make a profit?

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An April 1 joke hopfully
written by Carl, April 02, 2010
American automobiles are the laughing stock of the world, hopefully this is also just a joke.
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written by laurentG, April 02, 2010
Press "Ctrl-alt-del" to reboot when out of control ... smilies/grin.gif And be sure to install first Kapersky not to be hijacket during the viagra canda installation process (in your garage) smilies/grin.gif
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God NO!
written by Shawn, April 02, 2010
Yet another reason to visitkansascityks.com never ever ever ever buy a Ford.

Please say this is April Fools! I thought the American auto industry was trying to IMPROVE their image.
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Yeah your right...
written by Matthew McDonough, April 04, 2010
Why should Ford partner with the largest software company in the world. It's not like they revolutionized computers as we know it. Surely they are could find a more reputable company.

Man you guys are negative.
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written by Doc Rings, April 05, 2010
Yes, every big company has had some P-R failures, and the largest, most dominant software company in the world has had it's shares, too. But, Ford and Microsoft might make a good team.

Granted, though, anywhere there's code, there will be bugs. I just hope they are minimal, and not cause runaway charging. Hopefully, there will be hardware safeguards, too.
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@Doc Rings
written by Leong Chu, April 05, 2010
It is to be hoped that Ford will go out of business this decade. The world needs decent innovative motor vehicles which are affordable and reliable which Ford and Microsoft are incapable of supplying.

Chinese automobiles will one day rule the roads of enter site canadian generic cialis online America, running Chinese control software, using Chinese design automobile computer and in-car entertainment provided by Chinese media player using Chinese standards.

Ford recently sold Volvo to Gheely China. Volvo as you know was a superior design heavy duty automobile car designed in Sweden. Ford was incapable of looking after it when they bought Volvo.
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written by Steve Burnham, April 05, 2010
I have developed a new process for thermoelectric modules, we produce power at ambient temperatures, we have a cell phone that has operated in a continuous mode for over 2 years, we tested a unit on a Toyota hybrid made 4700 miles without plugging in or running the gas engine, as well we have perfected a process to put the units on silicon. Our big issue has been funding a start-up, everyone wants to own control of the technology. We can power anything from a wrist watch to a small city with no fuels, no hazardous materials and cialis on sale no emissions, simply on conversion of the ambient temperature to cialis pharmacy power. When and if we find a financial partner we will hit the cheap viagra generic market and power everything from a watch to a city.
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written by Green driver, April 11, 2010
I can't understand why Ford has chosen Microsoft, and not some free software instead. And I'm not sure about the effectivness of Hohm. I'm not using anything like that, counting on myself to have low electricity bills.
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written by Money Management, April 13, 2010
The partnership will allow the EV drivers to charge their cars in a more affordable and responsible way, lessening the strain on the grid during peak hours and allowing the utilities to better cope with the demands of EVs as they become more commonplace. Smart grid tools are necessary for electric cars to be successful, so integrating this type of energy management software right into the car is a great step by Ford.
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written by wtf, April 21, 2010
Ford builds some of the better cars in this county and around the world.They are by no means perfect but compared with GM,Chrysler,Fiat,Citroen, Jaguar and any thing from China and India they are by far a better product.Yes I know that Ford owned Jaguar and Volvo, and both companies were failing at the time Ford bought them.If any one recalls Jaguar was second to last in problems only to YUGO.Now look at Jaguar. We are lucky to have Ford as a chose. Holms from Microsoft I don't have any comments but Microsoft products are terrible and cheap.The energy management system for charging on the grid doesn't need high tech programing. Just go and by timer switch from the hardware store,then figure out how to hook it up to the charging station.

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