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Ford Hybrid Vehicles Could Generate More Power For Outlets

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a system that could help provide more power for outlets installed in Ford hybrid vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on January 11th, 2022, published on July 13th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0219554.

Ford Patent Hybrid Vehicles Power Generator

The Ford Authority Take

Following the tremendous success and critical acclaim centered around Pro Power Onboard – Ford’s portable generator feature – The Blue Oval has filed a number of related patents, including one for an integrated truck bed for power outlets, a vehicle based microgrid system, and portable battery packs for EVs and other electronic devices. Now, as Pro Power Onboard looks likely to be available in many other future models in an evolved form, a new patent has been filed that could help it provide more power to Ford hybrid vehicles as well.

Ford Patent Hybrid Vehicles Power Generator

This particular idea is quite complex, but applies specifically to hybrid vehicles equipped with a traction battery and a controller, which would be used to ensure that the battery retains enough power for normal operation. However, the system could also determine not only a time frame when it might want to operate in “quiet mode” so as not to disturb the neighbors, but also how much power an attached accessory might need to function.

From there, the system could use the vehicle’s engine to achieve the desired state of charge if required, or reduce power output if it determines that a quieter operation is called for. Once the desired state of charge is reached, the system could turn off the engine and stop charging the device, too.

Ford Patent Hybrid Vehicles Power Generator

It seems as if Ford is working on figuring out ways to improve the efficiency of its Pro Power Onboard feature in hybrid vehicles, which makes plenty of sense. After all, many customers have found this feature to be rather useful – and in some cases, indispensable – since its launch a couple of years ago.

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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. Bill Howland

    I don’t get it… Ford keeps coming up with ‘warmed over’ ideas that to my mind are NON-PATENTABLE. Any idea that is plainly obvious should not be patentable and honestly – FORD should be FINED for coming up with such trivial ideas.

    Reminds me of Chevy only taking 3 YEARS (And probably took hundreds of their most CRACK engineers) to find out why the 12 volt start battery went dead on Silverados all the time…. Maybe the hundreds of engineers were ON CRACK.

    Brilliance !!! They discovered maybe they could SHUT OFF the high drain Engine Control Module when the driver had walked away from the car…. Wasn’t vitally needed when the engine hadn’t been turning for a while.

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  2. Robert

    Then they “delete” the 400W 110 outlet inverter as a stand alone option for the Maverick.

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  3. Mike K

    They first need to build hybrid engines which they seem not able to do. Only 35% of Maverick orders for 2023 and 24 will be built as hybrids. 2023 had 65% of orders for hybrid. No wonder why I’m still waiting for my 2023 hybrid order.

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  4. J P Jones

    Great, so tout a feature that you have no capability of reliably delivering. .. take orders and deposits while stringing customers along, and then treat them like idiots. FA should be ashamed for shilling for the

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