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Future Ford EVs May Coach Owners On Charging Decisions

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a system designed to influence electrified vehicle charging decisions that may be used in future Ford EVs, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on October 5th, 2022, published on July 2nd, 2024, and assigned serial number 12024046.

Ford Patent Systems And Methods For Influencing EV Charging Decisions

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has been hard at work coming up with ideas revolving around the future of charging EVs for some time, most recently filing patents for concepts such as a trailer charging assistance system, an EV charging coordination system, and a system that would be able to guide owners to the nearest charging stations. Now, that trend continues with this recently published patent, which outlines an idea for a system designed to influence electrified vehicle charging decisions that may be used in future Ford EVs, too.

Ford Patent Systems And Methods For Influencing EV Charging Decisions

Modern EVs are already equipped with features and software that aim to simplify the charging process, which is critical for automakers who are working to convince gas-powered vehicle owners to make the switch. These systems keep users informed about how much range they have left, their consumption and how it changes based on driving style and conditions, and even charging stops strategically built into the navigation system to avoid the possibility of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.

Ford Patent Systems And Methods For Influencing EV Charging Decisions

This newly published patent would aim to continue those efforts by influencing a user’s charging decisions with an eye toward further simplifying that process, in this case, by coaching those users to charge at a lower rate of speed when possible. Slower charging extends the life of a battery pack and reduces costs, which is precisely why it’s the preferred method – at least, when the user has enough time on their hands to do so.

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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

    Road tripping and the car telling you it is going to throttle the charging rate because…..Plugshare is full of owners upset at slower than expected charging rates (kW). Most fault the actual charging station while some point fingers at the vehicle’s software/hardware mix. Slower than expected kW charging rates isn’t going to be helpful to boost EV sales and adaptation. Ford’s Mach E is already consider “slow” at the DCFC charging station. It is known that Ford is conservative in this area but actual third-party reports and teardowns indicate Ford could and should modify their battery pack/pouch design to enable improved cooling/thermal regulation and thus better charging curve results. Batteries getting too warm are not good for longevity and health.

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    1. David Dickinson II

      “Throttle” was the exact word that came to mind and you are right, this will just dampen sales/adoption even further.

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  2. whypac

    No one wants to charge slower.

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    1. Ford Owner

      I do, and many more also do.

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