Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. say they are implementing the Microsoft Hohm energy management application for Ford's electric vehicles, starting with the Focus next year.
The companies say Hohm helps owners determine when and how to recharge battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It can also help utilities manage the demands electric vehicles place on the electric grid.
‘Electric vehicles will play an important role in the global effort to improve energy efficiency and address the issues of climate change and sustainability,’ says Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. ‘But as the market for electric vehicles expands, it will have a significant impact on home energy consumption and demand across the nation's energy grid.’
Microsoft Hohm is available today for free to all U.S. residential energy consumers, and multiple partnerships with utilities and other stakeholders are also in place. Ford is the first automaker to collaborate with Hohm, the company says.