MyEnergi Lifestyle® includes EV, solar panels, lower energy costs

by Tina Casey.

Ford is showing off its new home solar power energy storage system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and if you’re wondering what an auto maker is doing in the home energy business, now’s your chance to find out. The new storage system, by Sharp, is part of Ford’s seamless home-auto MyEnergi Lifestyle® package, which basically treats your house like a microgrid that embraces every appliance, including your electric vehicle.

We’ve noted before that by shaking off the petroleum ball-and-chain and transitioning to EV technology, auto manufacturers have opened the door to a startling array of new marketing opportunities.

That’s a critical shift for US auto manufacturers, which are looking at a market in which car ownership is no longer a priority for many young people. The MyEnergi package makes the financials of car ownership look a lot more attractive.

Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle
Sharp Electronics and Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle team up to help you save money, have backup power during emergencies, and dramatically lower your carbon footprint.

MyEnergi LifeStyle

When Ford introduced the first version of MyEnergi Lifestyle in December 2012, its home-car programmability and remote communications reminded us of the Jetsons. Sure enough, by mid year Ford had announced a partnership with leading developer KB Home to integrate the package into KB’s new ZeroHouse 2.0 model.

The initial MyEnergi package is based around Ford’s new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid EV. It consists of a partnership between Ford and power management company Eaton, the solar industry’s SunPower, home appliance company Whirlpool, and semiconductor innovator Infineon, along with smart thermostat pioneer Nest Labs.

The basic idea is to combine an onsite solar array with the energy storage potential of the EV battery to enable home owners to shift as much of their load as possible onto solar power and low, off-peak electricity rates, with the help of the latest energy-efficient appliances.

MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0

This year’s version, MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0, draws Sharp into the partnership to add a stationary battery component, enabling homeowners to store more solar power.

They’re pitching it from three angles: you save money, you have backup power during emergencies, and you help keep the planet from melting.

There’s also the potential for home owners to make some extra bucks on the side by selling energy from their stationary battery back to the grid.

In terms of saving the Earth, Ford has some big numbers in mind. Last year, Ford ran the MyEnergi package through a computer model developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and came up with a 55 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from electricity used by the typical home.

For what it’s worth, if every single family home in the US adopted the same efficiencies, it would be like taking 32 million homes off the grid.

You can also check out a couple of case histories from 2013 at Ford’s MyEnergi website.

See Ford’s MyEnergi Lifestyle video.

For you Ford truck fans out there who want to save the Earth, too, our sister site Gas2.org has been following the company’s next-generation F-150, which among other efficiencies, has shed a good 700 pounds.

And for you Jetsons fans, keep an eye on Ford’s experimental LiDAR-enabled Fusion plug-in hybrid

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Tina CaseyTina Casey specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. Tina’s articles are reposted frequently on Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. You can also follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey and Google+.

1 Million EVs In Germany Within The Decade An Achievable Goal According To VW CEO

by Nathan

Image Credit: Volkswagen
Image Credit: Volkswagen

The goal of having over one million electric vehicles on the roads of Germany within the decade is an achievable one, according to Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn. At a recent panel discussion in the northern European country, the noted CEO stated that VW was committed to the ambitious goal set by the German government and would do it’s part in helping to achieve it.

There is a catch, though — Winterkorn thinks that plug-in hybrid vehicles should count towards that goal — not just fully electric vehicles. While PHEVs are certainly a big improvement of gas-mobiles, they simply don’t do as much to help limit carbon emissions and to move away from fossil fuel dependency, as fully electric vehicles do. By including PHEVs, the ambitious goal would end up relatively watered down — though, perhaps including PHEVs would be a net positive anyway? They are a vast improvement over gasmobiles and conventional hybrids.

Volkswagen is currently planning on having at least 14 electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid vehicle models available in Europe by the end of next year — including an electric version of the Golf sedan and the Up! city car. A number of other notable German automakers, such as BMW, have begun to make moves into the EV market. BMW’s first designed-from-the-ground-up EV model, the i3, is being released in Germany later this month.

Autoblog Green has more: “Executives from German automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have squawked about the challenges of meeting stricter emissions standards set for 2020 by the European Union, though those companies’ cars tend to skew more towards the heavier, luxury variety than Volkswagen. Still, like VW, both of those companies have plans to soon expand their stable of EVs and plug-in hybrids, most notably with BMW’s soon-to-debut i3. Plug-in vehicle sales in Germany doubled last year, albeit to just 4,157 vehicles, Bloomberg says, citing the automotive industry association VDA.”

On a related note — despite the seemingly huge market in Germany, sales of Tesla’s Model S have been rather low in the country. It’ll be interesting to see if Tesla can make the necessary adjustments in strategy and crack that market.

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Most Drivers Expect All Vehicles To Be At Least Partly Electrified In 20 Years

Most Drivers Expect All Vehicles To Be At Least Partly Electrified In 20 Years | 21/10/13
Originally published on Gas2 by Christopher DeMorro

Anytime someone does a study regarding the future, it’s always worth taking American opinions with a grain of salt.

Still, there seems to be a definite, positive shift towards hybrid and electric cars, and while green cars still represent a small slice of total sales, it’s not hard to imagine a future where all new cars are either hybrids or EVS.

Amazingly, more than half of Americans agree with this scenario.

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Most people believe that all cars will be either pure EV or Hybrid by 2033.

Or at the very least, 56% of the 998 people Hankook tires interviewed for their annual Fall Gauge Index study, which asks people to answer a series of questions regarding the auto industry. While Hankook also slipped in something about their innovative airless tires, the fact that more than half of Americans see a future where hybrid or electric cars dominate the market is quite telling.

It means we see a future where gas prices keep climbing, and electric car prices keep falling. It seems as though the push towards natural gas may all be for naughty as EVs and hybrids continue to dominate sales charts. While I for one don’t see combustion engine-only cars completely disappearing, they will become premium, highly taxed products that require heavy taxes to operate.

Americans also have high hopes for car-to-car communications and autonomous vehicles, and 75% of respondents believe airless tires will be equipped on new cars by 2033. What are your hopes and expectations for the future of the automobile?

Source: Hankook

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BMW To Electrify Its Entire Lineup

BMW To Electrify Its Entire Lineup | 10/02/13
by Zachary Shahan

There have been some chuckles about the BMW i3, but it seems clear that BMW is actually quite serious about the assertions that electric vehicles are the future, and that it is enthusiastically jumping into that future.

BMW has actually now stated that it intends to make plug-in hybrid electric versions of every single car it builds.

BMW X5 eDrive SUV
BMW X5 eDrive SUV

The first two are of course the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Next will be the BMW X5 eDrive SUV.

What held BMW up until now? Battery pack issues, according to BMW’s head of production line for large vehicles, Peter Wolf. But, with those apparently out of the way, they ”are planning to have a plug-in hybrid [vehicle] in each and every model series.”

Better torque, better fuel economy, fewer problems and less maintenance… there are a lot of reasons to shift to electric.

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$2 Billion For Cleaner Vehicles In California

by Jake Richardson

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California State Capitol Building, Sacramento, California. Image Credit: Sascha Brück

California Governor Jerry Brown earlier this week signed measure AB 8 into law, legislation that provides $2 billion for incentives to encourage the purchasing of whole fleets of clean and low-carbon vehicles such as trucks, buses, and cars. It also provides incentives for the purchasing of cleaner construction equipment, and for consumers to buy the same kinds of zero-emission or low-emission vehicles.

Specifically the outlay is for:

… grants, loans, loan guarantees, revolving loans, or other appropriate measures, for the development and deployment of innovative technologies that would transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state’s climate change goals. Existing law specifies that only certain projects or programs are eligible for funding, including block grants administered by public entities or not-for-profit technology entities for multiple projects, education and program promotion within California,  and development of alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology centers.

The measure is related to climate change in that it is designed to help California meet its goals in reducing emissions.

Hydrogen fuel is also supported.

The bill would require the commission to allocate $20 million annually, as specified, until there are at least 100 publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations in California.  The bill, on or before December 31, 2015, and annually thereafter, would  require the commission and the state board to jointly review and report on the progress toward establishing a hydrogen-fueling network that provides the coverage and capacity to fuel vehicles requiring hydrogen fuel that are being placed into operation in the state, as specified.

It was not only this very large measure that was passed, though. Five others were passed as well. California owners of low-emission vehicles will be delighted to know that high-occupancy diamond lanes will remain available to them until at least 2019. AB 266 is the related measure.

Similarly, vehicles with green stickers will be allowed the same access until at least 2019, courtesy of SB 286. Also related to EVs is measure AB 1092, which made a provision for electric vehicle charging systems at multi-family housing and non-residential developments.

Continuing the theme is the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act (SB 454). The aim of this measure is to make electric vehicle charging stations accessible to all EV drivers and owners.

Close to $50 million is allocated by measure SB 359 for programs designed to eliminate high-polluting vehicles. For example, the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project and the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project are two of  the programs that will receive this funding.

All in all it, it has been something of a resounding legislative bumper crop of support for EVs and LEVs in California.

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