Blockchain, geofencing could help PHEVs improve air quality: Ford Study

Blockchain, geofencing could help PHEVs improve air quality: Ford Study

Researchers at Ford have found that the use of emerging techniques like dynamic geofencing and blockchain is suitable for plug-in hybrid-electric cars which will further help in controlling the carbon emission levels from vehicles and contribute to cleaner air in urban settings.

Following a three-year study, the findings have showcased a potential for the commercial plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV) that help cities solve issues related to quality of air. Reportedly, over 400,000 kilometers of data were collected during the study with many Ford Transit and Tourneo PHEVs placed at different commercial and municipal locations across Germany, London, Cologne, and Valencia in Spain.

Notably, among the various learnings include, how blockchain and geofencing technology can support PHEVs to enhance the quality of air in urban areas by ensuring zero-emission running based on the local air quality.

According to Mr. Mark Harvey, Director, Enterprise Connectivity, Ford Europe, the research has depicted that PHEVs provide a flexible and practical substitute to diesel, making them suitable for general-purpose vehicles owing to their no range anxiety and zero-emission capability.

In addition to the above, the program also showcased a PHEV van-equipped with an electrically-run refrigeration unit powered independent to the automobile’s batteries, depicting operational flexibility and range of use cases that are supported by the platform.

For the record, the Ford Transit Custom PHEV was recognized as the International Van of the Year 2020, along with the Tourneo Custom PHEV, which is an initiative followed by the company towards electrification.

Moreover, Ford’s wide range of electrified commercial automobiles across Europe also comprises the 48-volt mild-hybrid Transit, Tourneo Custom EcoBlue Hybrid types, Transit Custom, Fiesta Van EcoBoost Hybrid, and the fully electric E-Transit which is expected to be launched in spring 2022.

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