Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an outdoor heating system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on March 1st, 2022, published on September 7th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0278389.
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In recent months, Ford has filed patents for a vehicle water heating system – which could provide hot water for things like showering or washing dishes while camping – and an external heating feature for EVs, which is designed more to provide a way to heat enclosed spaces such as garages. Now, this newly filed Ford patent keeps this trend going by introducing an idea for an outdoor heating system that could be used in future Ford vehicles, too.
The idea behind this particular patent is to provide a heat source for people that are participating in outdoor activities such as camping or tailgating, things that typically take place in close proximity to a vehicle. Since attendees are generally outside for an extended period of time, this may mean that they’re looking for a heat source in colder weather, which is where things like portable heaters come into play.
However, this patent takes a different approach by using the vehicle as a giant mobile heat source of sorts, with that particular element located outside of the vehicle and connected to a controller and power source. This could be a separate battery or – in the case of EVs – the vehicle’s battery pack, while users could also adjust the intensity and direction of the heat provided by moving the heat source around.
This is an interesting idea for certain, and one that could ultimately prove useful for those that spend a lot of time outdoors in colder weather. While portable heaters can accomplish essentially the same thing, having a unit that’s part of a vehicle would be far more convenient, if nothing else.