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Easter Surprise: Microsoft teams up with Ford!

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.

Microsoft lanseaza pentru Ford o aplicatie online care iti spune cand e cel mai bine sa incarci masina electrica

Microsoft si Ford au lansat un nou parteneriat in care compania condusa de Steve Bllmer a dezvoltat o apliicatie online gratuita de gestionare a incarcarii unei masini electrice, scrie The Independent. Peste cativa ani cand masinile electrice vor deveni raspandite un astfel de program va fi util pentru a se evita supraincarcarea retelei la orele de varf si pentru ca soferii sa aiba date exacte despre cat ii costa utilizarea masinii.

Aplicatia bazata pe platforma “Hohm” a Microsoft monitorizeaza consumul de energie din gospodarie si ajuta soferul sa aleaga cel mai bun moment cand sa “faca plinul” masinii electrice. Acum, astfel de masini abia incep sa apara, insa peste zece ani spre exemplu e de asteptat ca reteaua electrica sa simta faptul ca tot mai multi au masini electrice puse la incarcat.

Astfel, aplicatia ii va ajuta pe soferi sa profite de momentele in care reteaua nu e atat de incarcata si le va da posibilitatea sa vada in ce stadiu de incarcare este masina si de la distanta, deoarace aplicatia poate fi rulata si de pe smartphone.

Aplicatia va oferi si furnizorilor de energie date despre intervalele de timp in care e cea mai mare cerere si se presupune ca ii va ajuta sa gestioneze mai bine perioadele de varf.

Ford a anuntat ca va lansa cinci masini electrice pana in 2013. Versiunea electrica a Focus va fi lansata in 2011, iar aplicatia dezvoltata in parteneriat cu Microsoft va fi disponibila pentru aceasta masina, insa la inceput doar in America de Nord.

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