Microsoft Joins Ford On Electric Car Software Project
April 1, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Microsoft has announced that they will be teaming up with Ford to create a software for their electric cars that will allow consumers to check the battery levels in their cars, and know when the best time would be to recharge them.
The Hohm software would be placed in five vehicles that are set to be released in north America and Europe in 2013, both in pure electric and hybrid forms.
With 42% of consumers claiming they are considering or planning to get a hybrid or electric vehicle in the next few years, the demand is high for an easy and reliable way to keep such vehicles moving smoothly, without interruptions from dying batteries.
But further implications rest on the shoulders of the electric companies. Consumers will usually plug for recharging right after work, which will lead to a severe surge in energy usage.
“The demand placed on the energy grid will be momentous,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.
“Addressing the challenge of how that demand is managed in a smart and affordable way is absolutely going to be critical. And information technology will be an essential part of supporting the energy ecosystem.”
With this new software, consumers will know the prime times to recharge, rather than doing so needlessly, and putting unneeded strain on the electric grid.