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Ford-Led Alliance Links Electric Vehicles & Home Energy Management

Ford Motor Company is launching the “MyEnergi Lifestyle” collaboration to show how a typical American family can significantly reduce electricity bills and their carbon footprint by integrating electric vehicles (EV), smart appliances and solar energy.

Georgia Institute of Technology computer models show that homeowners can achieve a 60% reduction in energy costs and a 55% reduction in carbon emissions by using this approach.

Comprised of leaders in the home appliance, renewable energy and power management industries, including Eaton (EV charger), SunPower (solar), Whirlpool (smart refrigerator), Infineon (energy sensors) and Nest Labs (smart thermostat), they will demonstrate how combining renewable energy generation with “time-flexible” loads optimizes energy consumption in both vehicles and home appliances.

“More than ever, cars are sharing the same energy source as the home,” says Mike Tinskey, global director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure for Ford. “The time is right for the home appliance and transportation sectors to converge if we are going to tackle a myriad of sustainability challenges in a rapidly changing world.”

If every US homeowner managed electricity use this way, the power saved would be the equivalent of removing all the homes in California, Texas and New York off the grid.

Some of the energy is saved by simply replacing energy hog appliances with efficient models, but much more is saved by controlling when devices draw energy from the grid.

Accessed via the cloud, homeowners can take advantage of varying utility prices so their EVs are charged and appliances, such as dishwashers and icemakers, kick in when demand (and prices) are low.

Ford already offers a software application that lets owners of its C-MAX Energi, Fusion Energi and Focus Electric vehicles schedule charging cycles when local utility rates are lowest – often overnight or in the early morning.


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