OK. So here’s the deal. Ford smart electrification has gone totally plug-in hybrid electric vehicle jn a, green zone (a program I helped create with the New York Power Authority) for zero emission vehicles. So when you can have an app. An app to cloud your way toward a totally efficient driving experience?! I mean that’s Ford Motor Company is leading the way.
Let’s talk Ford Smart electrification. First of all, Ford knows this technology is about pure customer benefit. So Ford Smart electrification is creating the right individualized and optimized experiences. That’s for each person, vehicle and situation. As I was speaking with Paul Mascarenas, Chief Technical Officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation he commented on these concepts too.
We also agreed that “Our” transportation system with evolve. It will start to have lower emissions zones. “Because the research we are doing now will help us meet the future needs of our customers. For example, cars could one day adapt their powertrain performance.”, he said.
Now all kudos to these types of varying driving conditions. Yet I also mentioned electric and we got this while I was there in Orlando at the conference besides the video above!
1. Ford researchers consequently demonstrated smart electrification technology. I mean tech that uses cloud-based computing and data. All to optimize a plug-in hybrid’s powertrain efficiency at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. So let’s hear it for Ford Smart electrification!
2. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford was the wrap-up keynote speaker. He who talked about his vision for the future of transportation!
3. Ford researchers first gave me a really really good view into how cloud-based technology. It will be used to improve powertrain operation with Google. All since they have highlighted it. That’s as part of Ford’s technology future in the Evos Concept car..
Ryan McGee made a lot of these products. He is a person that has seen Ford Motor Company build a lot of electric vehicles. From the old Ford Ranger electric, Ryan is used to seeing things through. Plus he’s got 14 patents to prove it so watch out!!
As an engineer at Ford Motor Company working on the technology of tomorrow, the ability to see things through is a good thing.
McGee earned a bachelor of science degree in 1997 and a masters degree in 1998, both in electrical engineering and both from Cornell University. In 2004, he earned an MBA from the University of Michigan.
His first job at Ford was in 1998, when he was hired through the Ford College Graduate Program and worked in product development. He had several assignments including electric vehicle battery systems engineer for the 1999 Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle and electrical launch team engineer for the 2000 Ford Focus.
From 2000 to 2005, he was a vehicle controls engineer in hybrid electric vehicle programs. Among his accomplishments in that position was development of control strategies to improve fuel economy, drive-ability and emissions for Ford’s hybrid programs. He was a key member of the team that delivered the world first hybrid electric SUV, the Ford Escape Hybrid. The vehicle was named Truck of the Year at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.
We are researching and developing technology that our customers don’t know they want yet, said McGee. If we don’t see our work through to the end, our vehicles don’t evolve to the next level.
McGee’s title is technical expert, Vehicle Controls Architecture and Algorithm Design, Ford Research and Innovation. His team is working to define control systems for tomorrow’s hybrid electrified vehicles.
Now people just need to place orders at Ford for their electric cars and he’ll build them for ya!
Completing the vision for the Ford Evos Concept is a state-of-the-art lithium-ion plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain providing the same next-generation performance and fuel economy as the Ford C-MAX Energi scheduled for introduction in North America in 2012 and Europe in 2013.
Ford ‘powersplit’ hybrid architecture allows the electric motor and petrol engine to work together or separately to maximise efficiency. The advanced powertrain typically runs in all-electric mode before switching to charge-sustaining hybrid mode for continued optimal fuel efficiency.
“Access to historical driver behaviour and travel patterns allows us to calculate the optimal fuel and energy efficiency by predicting the destination,” said Mascarenas. “Our researchers are working to increase understanding of driver behaviour, develop accurate protocols to predict it and enhance the trip by providing the smartest use of fuel or battery for the situation.”
The cloud-optimized powertrain would automatically ‘know’ when to save energy and switch modes, using information about the vehicle’s predicted travel route, any emission zone restrictions during the journey and current weather conditions.
In the future, communities may place firm restrictions on the types of vehicles allowed to use certain roads or highway lanes, and some city centers may choose to be open only to full electric vehicles. Helping drivers comply with such regulations could therefore be among the benefits of this technology. For example, the French government is considering creating zones mandating lower emissions, while cities such as London, Berlin, and Stockholm already have them in place.
In conclusion, this capability would further enhance the performance of Ford’s advanced PHEV technology. All which offers an overall driving range of more than 500 miles (800 kilometres). That’s using the battery and engine – more than any other plug-in or extended-range electric vehicle.
“With its leading-edge ‘cloud-optimised’ PHEV powertrain offering outstanding efficiency and range with supreme driving enjoyment, the Ford Evos Concept highlights our vision for greener, smarter vehicles with outstanding customer appeal,” said Kuzak.