2010 New York: Ford, Microsoft offer Hohm app to help EV owners recharge affordably

After their successful collaboration debut with the SYNC, Microsoft and FoMoCo are back with Microsoft Hohm, a new solution that will make electric vehicle ownership easier and more affordable for consumers.

The Microsoft Hohm application will help owners determine when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge battery-electric and plug-in hybrids. It also should help utility companies manage the added demands of electric vehicles on the electric grid.

“Ford and Microsoft both share a strong commitment to contributing to a better world. Today, we begin the next major step in our working together and leading the way for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability,” said Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. “For Ford, this is a needed step in the development of the infrastructure that will make electric vehicles viable.”

Ford will offer Microsoft Hohm with the Focus Electric next year. Ford also has plans to introduce the Transit Connect Electric later this year and a plug-in hybrid in 2012.

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-By: Omar Rana