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Ford and Resideo exploring vehicle-to-home (V2H) energy management

Ford and Resideo Technologies announced a joint simulation project called the “EV-Home Power Partnership” designed to explore the potential of electric vehicle batteries to support optimal home energy management. The project will explore, test and quantify the customer benefits of pairing bi-directional EV charging with a Resideo smart thermostat.

Ford, the first in the US to introduce a full-size electric truck capable of bi-directional charging for the home in North America, and Resideo, a global provider of solutions for home comfort, First Alert security and safety, and leading provider of residential load management programs for utilities, are exploring home energy management value for customers never before possible with internal combustion engine vehicles.

The F-150 Lightning already has the capability to power the home in the event of an outage through available Intelligent Backup Power. The EV Home Power Partnership project will simulate the integration of Resideo’s smart thermostats with the energy stored in the battery on the F-150 Lightning, which can be coordinated to help power the home's heating and cooling systems.

The project is designed to assess how coordination of bi-directional EV and a smart thermostat can reduce the overall energy needed by the home during times of electric grid stress while minimizing energy usage during the most expensive hours each day by automating the home to match a consumers’ Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity rate. Additionally, it also will assess how the coordination between the battery and smart thermostat can enable a system to leverage cleaner energy from the grid if renewable energy is readily available.

Electric vehicle battery storage could play an integral role in helping stabilize the electric grid, allowing homeowners to remain comfortable during power outages or other energy events as well as save customers money by utilizing stored energy during peak demand, when energy costs tend to be higher. Together, Ford and Resideo are envisioning the possibilities when electric vehicles and homes can share the same energy source and can smartly interact with each other for the benefit of the customer and the electric grid.

Project work has begun and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2024.

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