Here’s an interesting thing: a guy in our team is also a fan of Microsoft and its programs so we’ll bring today a project soon to be made by this huge IT god: Microsoft launches for Ford an online application that tells you when it’s best to recharge your electric car!
Microsoft and Ford launched a new partnership where the company led by Steve Bllmer has developed a free online aplication for the load management of electric cars, says The Independent. In a few years when electric cars will be seen everywhere, such a program will be useful to avoid overloading the network at peak times and also will help drivers giving them precise data about the costs of using the car.
The application is based on the “Hohm” platform made by Microsoft and keeps an eye on the energy consumption helping the driver choose the best time when to “fill the tank” on his electric car. Now, these cars are just beginning to emerge, but ten years from now the electric grid is expected to feel more and more that it also loads some 300 hp vehicles.
Thus, the application will help drivers take advantage of moments when the network is not too busy and will also enable them to see the loading stage of their toy from a remote machine, that’s right, the application also works on a smartphone!
The application will also provide data for the energy suppliers helping them manage the peak periods better.
Ford said it will launch five electric cars by 2013. The electric version of the Focus will be launched in 2011, and the application developed in partnership with Microsoft will be available for this car, but in the beginning: only in North America.