Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a real-time carbon footprint estimation, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on July 19th, 2021, published on January 19th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0015077.
The Ford Authority Take
As it aims to go carbon neutral by 2050, Ford has taken a number of steps to reach that point in recent months, which have earned it considerable praise from a number of organizations in the process. The automaker is also exploring how to use connected vehicle data in more useful ways, filing a patent last March that would pull and analyze diagnostic codes from vehicles and calculate a resale price based on the model’s make, year, mileage, trim, and other factors, with any potential mechanical repairs baked into that price.
Now, this new Ford patent combines those efforts into a totally new idea – using connected vehicle data to estimate a car’s carbon footprint in real time. Ford notes that blockchain data could also be used to determine this information, which could presumably record the emissions generated by one or more energy supply chains of the vehicle.
The idea here is to continue to work toward reducing emissions by tracking it in real time, going beyond the traditional method of measuring only what comes out of a tailpipe. A vehicle’s carbon footprint also includes other factors such as what’s known as “wheel-to-pump” (WTP) contributions, which can include things like the upstream generation of electricity and the production of fuels for both EVs and ICE-powered vehicles, which can also generate variable amounts of carbon.
Thus, this new Ford patent aims to measure just that – all of the carbon generated not only by a vehicle, but also the carbon that came from its manufacturing and fuel source. Given Ford’s commitment to reducing such emissions, this kind of patent makes quite a bit of sense in that regard.