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Ford Patent Filed For EV Charging Coordination System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an EV charging coordination system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on June 23rd, 2021, published on December 29th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0414567.

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a number of EV and charging-related patents in recent months as it continues its electrification push, including one for a portable vehicle charging system, an EV haptic feedback system, portable battery packs for EVs and other electronic devices, a different kind of hands-free charging system, and an EV charging station guidance system. Now, this newly-filed Ford patent continues that trend by introducing an idea for an EV charging coordination system that could make that particular process run a bit more smoothly in the future.

As this Ford patent points out, the problem in some areas is that EV charging stations can get quite full – and unlike a gas station, it typically takes some time for an EV to fully charge. Additionally, the number of chargers present at each station can vary greatly. As such, the patent suggests that some sort of vehicle scheduling system might be beneficial to ensure that owners can easily access a charger when they arrive at a particular location.

Currently, Tesla shows owners how many available chargers a station has in real-time, while Mercedes-Benz plans on allowing owners to make reservations at its own branded charging stations ahead of time. In the case of this patent, users would be able to search nearby chargers, reserve them for a specific time, or even receive some sort of incentive for choosing one charger over another, with those locations ranked by the system in terms of preference.

This patent builds upon some existing ideas in that regard, and seems like a good idea for those that plan on taking frequent road trips in EVs, or for those that don’t have the capability to charge at home. With more and more electric vehicles hitting the road in the coming years and a charging infrastructure that isn’t quite robust enough to keep up, such an idea could help save owners a considerable amount of time and frustration.

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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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Comments

  1. David Dickinson II

    In the future, I predict that people will royally get screwed over by these charging systems. You’ll be last in line…unless you pay a premium. You’ll have a slow charging time…unless you pay a premium. If your vehicle isn’t “in-network,” then you’ll pay a premium. Charging a fancy car?, then you’ll pay a premium. The ways you will be upcharged are limitless.

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  2. Dave

    The ONLY way I would consider buying an EV would be when the companies that
    provide the public chargers would allow you to use a credit card instead of making
    you use an app that you have to download. There has been much grumbling by
    customers who, many times, have trouble interfacing with the charging network.
    It would be so much more pleasant of an experience. That is what is so simple with
    purchasing gasoline. Can’t understand why the charging companies haven’t used
    this method.

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    1. Jon in San Diego

      The Ford Pass app that came with my Mustang Mach E enables immediate charging at any in-network charging location (which is most all of them). My credit card is charged via the app. I’ve never experienced any connection issue with a charging station. And since my phone is my car key, I always have it with me, even those days I leave the house and forget my wallet. You’re literally fearful about a virtually non-existent problem and expressing a typical false equivalency based upon lack of knowledge and experience. …Over the years I’ve had numerous experiences in which the credit card reader was out of commission at a gas station and I had to go inside and pay manually or move to a different pump. Anything electronic can malfunction. Anything.

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