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Ford announced that it intends on its electric fleet to be smart grid compatible. This means that when an electric vehicle is plugged into the wall, it can charge faster when electricity is cheap and slow down charging or sell back electricity during peak demand times.
Date: 08/18/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Transportation
Ford showcased a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles that are set to come on the market in the next couple of years. The company emphasized that the major issue with the electric vehicles will not be the manufacturing technology, but the recharge infrastructure.
Date: 08/19/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Transportation
Ford and General Electric are joining forces to push electric vehicle adoption. Their collaboration supports electric vehicles and charging stations and funds research projects to better understand driving habits of EV drivers.
Date: 11/21/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Ford Focus Electric.
The Ford Focus Electric, due out next year in the U.S., will contain a lithium-ion battery pack with a liquid-based thermal management system that Ford claims will maximize the battery's efficiency and range, as well as elongate overall battery life.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
An EV battery housing made from fiber composite is 25% lighter than a traditional metal casing, paving the way for more efficient electric cars.
Date: 10/20/2011
Type: News
The Department of Energy launched the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory to ensure that electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, and smart grid technologies work in unison.
Date: 07/22/2013
Type: Article
As electric cars are expected to enter the mass market next year and as charging stations are being built, public utilities and private companies debate who will be allowed to sell electricity to these vehicles.
Date: 10/12/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
GM announced that its expected plug-in hybrid vehicle can get 230 miles per gallon in city driving, much more efficient than traditional non-plug-in hybrids.
Date: 08/11/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
What will happen to the old, expensive batteries from our electric cars when their useful life ends? A team of researchers from GM, Duke Energy, and grid hardware giant ABB are studying useful ways these batteries can be incorporated into the grid.
Date: 11/15/2012
Type: Article
Many auto companies have plug-in electric vehicles set to be sold in the coming years, but few cities are investing in electric charging stations.
Date: 08/06/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation

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