Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a system that could guide the owners of future Ford EVs to chargers, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on September 7th, 2021, published on March 9th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0076816.
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As it continues to invest heavily in all-electric vehicles, Ford has also filed a large number of patents related to EV charging in recent months, including one for deployable charging points, an EV charging pad with wireless charging, an EV charging coordination system, an errant EV charging detection system, a portable vehicle charging system, and an EV charging station guidance system, the latter of which seemingly uses tech from this newly filed patent.
Currently, Ford EVs give owners charging station options along their route when those folks are navigating from one destination to another, which helps ensure that they are able to keep their vehicles charged along the way. However, this new patent takes that idea a few steps further by ensuring that a charger is compatible with their vehicle in terms of its charge port location and the style of plug used at that particular station.
The system would be able to communicate with charging stations to determine what sort of chargers it employs, as well as its available connectors, and – perhaps most importantly – if the position of the charger is compatible with the vehicle. This is critical because some owners of Ford EVs have found that select stations may not have charging cables that are long enough to reach the charge port, or perhaps have parking spots that don’t accommodate those vehicles quite as well as others.
Making the EV charging process as smooth and easy as filling up an ICE vehicle with gas is one of the most important problems that automakers must solve to ensure widespread adoption, seemingly making it a pretty safe bet that technology like this will be utilized in some capacity down the road.
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Having room to park for a cord with a compatible plug to reach isn’t bridging the gap with a stop at a gas station, it’s the ensuing 30 to 45 minute wait times as you charge up for the next 250 miles where the ‘gap’ is.
A charge station at every intersection and mile marker won’t ‘solve’ this.
Some of this stuff is so obvious I can’t see how it is remotely patentable. Maybe igvfod gines them some payola….
Supposed to be maybe if Ford gives some psyola
(Drunk editing at its best.)
Who doesn’t love to gine themselves some psyola now and then?
Another useless comment from RWFA. Perhaps you should concentrate on making comments that pertain to the article/subject matter.
This is not that important as most EV owners will charge at their homes, and some will charge for free. You can never get free gasoline unless you own the station.
Hi Ford Owner. I was told by my Dad a Long, Long, Long time ago, Son, NOTHING IS FREE IN THIS WORLD! Someone Paid for whatever it is you “THINK” you got for FREE…. Someone somewhere Busted their HUMP so you can have what you got. So, when someone tell’s you they got something for FREE???? They ain’t WORKED A DAY IN THERE LIFE!!! Or…. They Have NOT SERVED IN THE US MILITARY!!! Ain’t Nothing FREE SON. Period. THAT Gas Station Owner…. He Paid for the Gas in the Ground, He Did NOT get it for FREE! Never Did, Never Will!!! Someone Pay’s Somewhere!
Do all charge stations have fixed or different prices per KWH (or whatever they call it)? Do we get the FREEDOM of price choice or do we have to take what we are told to pay? Land of the Free, or was Free so pay up.