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Future Ford EVs May Be Able To Control Charging Trailers

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an electrified charging trailer control system that could be used in future Ford EVs, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on July 11th, 2022, published on January 11th, 2024, and assigned serial number 0010074.

Ford Patent Vehicle With Electrified Charging Control

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has long been exploring the concept of using all-electric vehicles and trailers in tandem in a number of ways, filing patents for ideas such as an in-flight EV towing assistance system, a system capable of charging batteries in other vehicles and trailers, bidirectional trailer charging, a trailer charging assistance system, and a charging trailer, to name just a few. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by presenting us with an idea for a vehicle with electrified charging trailer control that could be used in future Ford EVs, too.

Ford Patent Vehicle With Electrified Charging Control

As previously mentioned, the concept of using a trailer with a built-in battery to charge an EV in-flight is nothing new, nor is the idea of using an EV to charge the trailer that it’s towing. This particular patent is more focused on charging other types of things, however, such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), e-bikes, other recreational vehicles, or power tools.

Ford Patent Vehicle With Electrified Charging Control

This process would take place while the vehicle is moving and those aforementioned items are stored in the trailer that the EV is towing, but in this case, the trailer itself would provide said charge. Ford even notes that these electric motors and batteries could also be used to drive the trailer’s wheels, which could presumably make it easier to move around or perhaps even take some strain off the towing vehicle – which makes it an intriguing idea that may one day be used in future Ford EVs.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford patent news, Ford business news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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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