Ford Says Home Energy Storage Can Reduce Energy Costs

By Matthew Askari | January 13, 2014
Ford is building more efficient hybrid and electric vehicles such as the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi, but the automaker says new battery storage tech can reduce energy consumption at home, too. At this week's CES show in Las Vegas, Ford introduced an updated MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0 program, one that can help you reduce energy consumption by harnessing and storing power from solar panels, as well as retrofitting older appliances that often consume more energy.
"The first year of the MyEnergi Lifestyle program showed us homeowners can save money and reduce their carbon footprint by adopting certain energy usage habits, said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure."We're excited about advancing the program further to include battery storage for even smarter energy consumption." We've seen automakers expand beyond the reach of cars alone before, with Nissan, makers of the Nissan Leaf, and Chevrolet, which makes the Volt plug-in hybrid, demonstrating alternative charging uses for batteries after their car lifecycles. With hybrid and electric vehicles continuing to grow, we expect to see more innovative, holistic programs that include ways to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint beyond just changing your vehicle alone. Source: Ford