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Ford Patent Filed For In-Flight Charging System For EVs

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an in-flight charging system for EVs, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on February 15th, 2021, published on August 18th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0258642.

The Ford Authority Take

In addition to being able to power an entire home for days or weeks at a time, the Ford F-150 Lightning introduced vehicle-to-vehicle charging to the automaker’s lineup, and has the ability to charge multiple EVs at once and even itself, at least in theory. The automaker is also exploring various ways to charge EVs on the go, as is evidenced by a Ford patent filed last July for a flat-tow charging method. Now, a new Ford patent builds upon that concept by introducing an idea for an “in-flight charging system,” as the automaker calls it.

The idea here is that an EV could be charged by another vehicle while it’s being towed or even just trailing behind that vehicle. According to the patent, the EV owner could put in a request for an in-flight charging session, view the terms and conditions of such a service before accepting it, then rate the service provided and terminate the charging session after it’s completed.

Since the F-150 Lightning is already capable of charging other EVs while it tows them, the service outlined in this patent would seemingly be rather easy to bring to fruition, giving electric vehicle owners a convenient way to charge their vehicle on the go without having to sit at a charging station, as well as creating a possible business opportunity for those that own the EV pickup. Or, at the very least, such a service would come in handy if an EV owner finds themselves stranded somewhere with no charge or too little charge to reach their desired destination, too.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford trademark news, Ford business news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. John Coviello

    What a F^*^*^**^ing stupid idea !!!!!! As electricity costs keep going up for home charging this patent is dependent on one vehicle burning carbon fuel to not only move the charging vehicle but also charge one or more. The “REAL” cost of owning an EV money hole is going up faster every real day !!!!!!! And still no word on building more power generating stations that won’t be ready for years. Also remember when nuclear power waste was far worse than carbon is now. They will stop that also…….

  2. JBbooky

    Is it April 1st?

  3. Daniel Hoffman

    I’m waiting for the charging network to be imbedded in the road and charge your vehicle like a wireless cell phone charger as you go down the highway

  4. Mr.Kim Bess

    If the vehicles charged them selves wouldn’t have to worry about mileage.

  5. Bob

    Hang on; people are being paid to come up with this.
    Sure, just hook up and be towed for let’s say an hour to recharge. Seems reasonable.
    Mom, dad, and the 3 kids in the car staying there while that happens?
    Got to be a Farley concept.

  6. JustSaying

    There are many patents filed for concepts that make no sense of n the surface. But the concept could be used in other ways and the patent would then require a licence t ok use the technology. The fact that Ford is patenting many EV ideas means that have dedicated resources developing ideas that are unique and patentable. That’s called American ingenuity.


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