A Ford patent submitting proposes charging electrical automobiles by flat-towing them behind one other car.
First noticed by The Drive on Wednesday, a Ford patent utility claims this could possibly be executed utilizing something from a bigger business truck to a different passenger automotive.
Autos could possibly be charged always when being towed, or when the tow car is braking or going downhill, placing much less further load on the tow car’s engine whereas profiting from regenerative braking, based on the appliance. Ford filed the appliance in December 2020, and it was revealed in July.
Ford additionally urged a highway train-like situation, the place shifting automobiles would hyperlink up, guided by Bluetooth or an web connection. In a (extra possible) different situation, an EV could be towed by a bigger car, with the motive force of that car controlling charging.
Ford patent for charging EVs when towed
That sounds much like the way in which passenger automobiles are towed behind RVs. As with RV towing, an EV might be hitched to a bigger car and charged with all 4 of its wheels on the bottom, or simply two, based on the appliance.
This additionally seems like a strategy to doubtlessly enhance the effectivity of RVs. Whereas not talked about within the patent utility, a towed EV might doubtlessly be used to assist increase the RV up hills, and recuperate vitality on the way in which down. That may require pretty subtle controls, nevertheless.
It is unclear if Ford has plans to place charging whereas towing into motion. Automakers usually file patent functions with out clear plans to be used, in any case. Nonetheless, this could possibly be the following step from the Professional Energy Onboard system within the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid and all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, which makes use of the battery pack to energy instruments and electronics or, within the case of the Lightning, present emergency backup energy throughout outages.
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