Talking cars and smart grids

Is Ford's work on electric cars that can 'talk' to power grids a harbinger of Amory Lovin's 'smart garage' concept (discussed earlier) coming to life?

Owners can choose to recharge at off-peak times when electricity is cheaper, or when wind, solar or renewable energy is driving the grid, said Nancy Gioia, director of Ford's sustainable mobility technologies division. "What we're doing is developing our capability.''