GE and Ford Collaborating on C-MAX Energi Purchase and Research

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GE now has a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ford Motor Co. to pur­chase 2,000 new Ford C-MAX Ener­gi plug-in hybrids for its fleet. As part of the col­lab­o­ra­tion, Ford will work with GE on mar­ket­ing GE’s alter­na­tive fuel infra­struc­ture solu­tions to com­mer­cial cus­tomers and pro­vide new alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles for use at GE’s Vehi­cle Inno­va­tion Cen­ter. This will bring GE’s fleet up to 5,000 alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles as part of the company’s goal of 25,000 of these vehi­cles. So far, GE employ­ees have dri­ven about 18 mil­lion miles in the company’s alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles, sav­ing about $2 mil­lion in gaso­line costs and reduc­ing CO2 emis­sions by about 12 mil­lion pounds.

GE and Ford will also work with researchers from the Geor­gia Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy on data col­lec­tion and analy­sis on GE’s fleet in order to add even greater effi­cien­cies to elec­tric dri­ving and charg­ing. As part of the study, GE employ­ee dri­ving and charg­ing habits will be tracked, with the goal of improv­ing all-elec­tric dri­ving and charg­ing per­for­mance. Researchers will use Ford’s MyFord Mobile app – with real-time bat­tery charge sta­tus and “val­ue charg­ing” that auto­mat­i­cal­ly recharges at low­er cost, off-peak elec­tric­i­ty rates. ““Through access to vehi­cle data, we can accel­er­ate research and devel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies to fur­ther improve effi­cien­cy, dri­ver sat­is­fac­tion and envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits,” says Pro­fes­sor Bert Bras of the Sus­tain­able Design & Man­u­fac­tur­ing lab­o­ra­to­ry at Geor­gia Tech.

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