Ford Plug-in Hybrids Leverage GPS Data to Drive Longer on “Electric-Only“ Mode



Ford Plug-in Hybrids Leverage GPS Data to Drive Longer on “Electric-Only“ Mode
"We know from our research that hybrid drivers want to drive as often as they can in electric-only mode, especially near their home or frequently visited locations," said Kevin Layden, Ford director of Electrification Programs and Engineering.

To answer this consumer request the car maker developed EV+ a feature that switches the engine in electric-only mode when it knows the driver is nearing home or a frequently visited location.

EV+ combines the built-in GPS of Ford SYNC with proprietary software algorithms developed by Ford engineers to learn frequent destinations.

"We already have a GPS unit in every Ford with SYNC, so really it was just a matter of tapping into that the right way," said Layden. "This is one of the first examples of how we're looking to make the car smarter, by leveraging on board data to provide features and services that add value to the driving experience."

EV+ is a standard feature on the Ford plug-in hybrids, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi, along with the hybrid versions of Fusion and C-MAX


Thursday, November 8th 2012


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