FORD PILOTS BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE CLEANER AIR IN CITY CENTRES

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Ford is committed to achieving fuel efficiency through a novel blockchain project being executed at multiple locations. The key features of this program are as follows:

  • In order to ensure that automobiles pursue efficiency in city-centre low emission zones, Ford has introduced innovative geofencing alongwith blockchain innovation
  • To achieve the objective of optimizing environmental benefits provided by these vehicles, the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid trials in Cologne, Germany, are supported by tests in London and Valencia
  • New plug-in hybrids target electric-only zero-emission NEDC driving range of 56 kilometres (35 miles); 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine charges battery as per need, extending travel distance to more than 500 kilometres (310 miles) NEDC
  • Ford Transit Custom is the very first car in its class to provide plug-in hybrid technology, as well as being offered to consumers by the end of the year. The all-electric Transit model has been prepared for launch in 2021

Ford extended its European plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) trial to Cologne and the study is simultaneously examining Ford PHEVs on the streets of London and Valencia, Spain. The study’s primary objective is to better evaluate and present the real-world benefits of such cars for the atmosphere and for commercial vehicle owners as well as drivers.

Dealing with five local fleets and Cologne, 9 Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid vans alongwith one Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid vehicle will be examined in a range of real life situations. Ford is focused on examining how ingenious geofencing and blockchain innovation can help to precisely track and boost the number of “environment-friendly miles” driven by vehicles.

What is blockchain?

In essence, blockchain is an information security technology that forms the foundation of some digital innovations. The process involves creating long-term time-stamped slabs of data which are maintained across several computers and which continuously expands as new records or “blocks” are included. Blockchain is normally referred in financial markets, but the technology is data intensive and hence entering new fields of usage. Geofencing is creating a virtual geographic border specified by GPS technology.

Mark Harvey, director, Commercial Vehicle Mobility, Ford of Europe states that “Ford is committed to providing new, more environmentally sustainable vehicles that can help deal with the mobility challenges our cities are experiencing.” He also said that “the plug-in hybrid electric car trials with our partners in Cologne build upon our recurring electrification programs operating in Europe, as well as bringing us all closer to fulfilling our consolidated urban air quality goals.”

Vehicles emitting the highest amount of pollution are being actively discouraged from driving through low-emission zones in European cities like Cologne. Nonetheless, these areas can prove problematic both to the cities implementing and managing them, as well as for drivers in understanding where as well as when restrictions are active. That’s where Ford’s geofencing and also blockchain innovation could prove really useful.

All the 10 PHEVs in the 12-month Cologne test are equipped with the FordPass Connect on-board cellular modem, and a plug-in device which triggers the geofencing and blockchain abilities. Whenever a trial automobile enters a regulated area, its electric-drive mode is activated and at the same time the zero-emission driving miles are being documented. The characteristics of this journey including emissions mode as well as time that automobiles enter or leave a controlled area are recorded to a safe and secure distributed ledger-a blockchain- making certain that emissions information is safely stored and also shared among relevant parties consisting of city authorities, and the vehicle proprietors. The information storage is completely secure and real-time data is shared.

The dynamic geofencing innovation additionally suggests the cars can adjust in real time to changes in emission regions. For instance, cities may decide in the future to adjust controlled locations or develop new ones based upon local climate or environmental problems. The connected PHEVs will certainly adapt immediately and switch over to low-emission setting when they go into these updated zones. The real-time sharing of information is a critical attribute of blockchain that makes these adjustments possible.

Trials by Ford in London have already shown how PHEVs use an engaging solution for commercial automobile owners in cities with low-emission zones. Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom PHEVs can operate in electric-only zero-emission driving mode producing a series of 56 kilometres (35 miles) and 53 kilometres (33 miles) NEDC respectively. Longer trips between cities are supported by a Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol-based engine that boosts the battery to extend the overall range above 500 kilometres (310 miles) NEDC. *

Gunnar Herrmann, Chairman of the administration board, Ford-Werke GmbH stated that “the blockchain technology we are examining here in Cologne allows safe and secure, tamper-proof monitoring as well as logging of automobile exhausts data, which makes it optimal for the PHEV pilot.” Additionally he remarked that “security, trust and transparency of exhaust data are of extreme significance to all stakeholders in this project, and also essential to achieve the vision of cleaner air in the city.”

Ford has also become a main partner of SmartCity Cologne. Launched by the City of Cologne and regional energy distributor RheinEnergie AG, SmartCity Cologne is a cooperative system for companions throughout the region to support technologies and solutions that promote environment protecion and also power transition.

“Cologne will certainly keep its drive in the future as well as becoming emission-free,” claimed Henriette Reker, Lord Mayor of Cologne. “Changing our city fleets as well as using climate-responsive cars is a top priority to us. Besides, if we do not follow our own guidelines, why should our residents adhere to them? Public administration and city council have passed the climate emergency for a good purpose and we will consistently pursue this decision to boost the quality of air and the quality of life in our city. Our objective is to attain the best possible option for climate-friendly mobility in all locations.”

The Ford Transit Custom has emerged as the first automobile in its class to use plug-in hybrid features, and is currently available for acquisition and shipment will be ensured prior to the end of the year. Presented from spring 2020 and also readily available for retrofit to earlier automobiles, a new Geofencing component will have the ability to instantly change the vehicle to zero-emission driving mode when going into low-emission territories. Currently running without blockchain technology, it will still make sure that businesses have the ability to follow guidelines and avoid extra costs or penalties.

About Ford

Ford claims to be Europe’s No. 1 commercial automobile brand, as the Ford Transit model range achieved a second quarter sales record of 68,800, growing by 2.7% from the same quarter of 2018. In early 2019, Ford introduced a brand-new all-electric Ford Transit van that will be a part of the Transit range and is expected for launch in 2021.

Notes:

The updated technical requirements and specifications of the European Rules (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 are used to measure the proclaimed fuel/energy intakes, CARBON DIOXIDE emissions and also electrical range. Gas intake as well as CARBON DIOXIDE discharges are defined for a vehicle version and also except a single vehicle. The used assessment procedure makes it possible to contrast between various car types and automakers. In addition to the fuel-efficiency of an automobile, driving behavior and various other non-technical factors play a role in establishing a cars and truck’s fuel/energy intake, CO2 discharges and electric range. CARBON DIOXIDE is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.

Since September 1, 2017, specific brand-new automobiles are being type-approved utilizing the World Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) according to (EU) 2017/1151, which is a new, much more practical test for gauging fuel consumption and also CO2 exhausts. Considering that from September 1, 2018 the WLTP has begun substituting the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), which is the outbound measurement procedure. During the NEDC Phase-out, WLTP fuel intake as well as CO2 discharges are being correlated back to NEDC. There will be some variance to the historical fuel efficiency as well as emissions because some elements of the tests have altered.

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