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Future Ford EVs Could Charge RVs While Driving

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a system capable of charging recreational vehicles while they’re being towed that could be used in future Ford EVs, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on July 18th, 2022, published on January 18th, 2024, and assigned serial number 0022106.

Ford Patent Connected Device Vehicle Charging

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has long been exploring the idea of using electric vehicles to charge trailers or RVs, and vice versa, with other patents being filed outlining ways for those same towed vessels providing backup power to EVs. In recent months, that list includes patent filings for an electrified charging trailer control system, a regenerative braking battery charging system, and a charging trailer, to name just a few. Now, this new patent keeps that trend going by introducing an idea for a system capable of charging recreational vehicles while they’re being towed that could be used in future Ford EVs, too.

Ford Patent Connected Device Vehicle Charging

The concept here is a rather simple one, as future Ford EVs would be able to use their battery packs to provide charge for the recreational vehicles that they’re towing, which is already essentially possible with the automaker’s Pro Power Onboard feature. However, in this case, the system is a bit more advanced and targeted specifically to RVs.

Ford Patent Connected Device Vehicle Charging

Once a power connector is mated between the EV and the RV it’s towing, the system would be able to automatically detect the connected device and its state of charge, then provide a specific current capacity based on the device. It would then monitor that state of charge until the desired level is reached, with certain thresholds in place to prevent the RV from draining too much energy from the EV. It’s an interesting idea for certain, and with several all-electric RVs in development, may very well come to fruition at some point in the near future.

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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. StarLord

    Sure. Half your range by towing and then half it again to charge your trailer. Cool. As long as the campsite is only 25 miles away.

    Reply
  2. Motorpsychology

    Can you reverse it? use the RV to extend the range of the Lightning?

    Reply

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