IT & Network Infrastructure : Microsoft, Ford Unveil Electric Car Plans, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Microsoft and Ford announced that the Detroit automaker will use Microsoft Hohm, a software platform that allows users to monitor their home energy use, to make electrical vehicles more efficient. Specifically, Ford drivers will be able to use the cloud-based management tool to determine how, when and where to plug in their electric vehicles, such as during off-peak hours. Ford CEO Alan Mulally says his company will offer five new hybrid vehicles by 2012. During the Hohm announcement, Ford also unveiled the upcoming Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which takes advantage of other Microsoft technology to give drivers a detailed picture of their long-term energy consumption.