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Bits and Watts presents "Battery Electric Vehicles, Energy Management, and the Smart Grid: An OEM Perspective"

Battery Electric Vehicles, Energy Management, and the Smart Grid: An OEM Perspective
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 1:30pm
Shriram 104
William Paxton (Ford Motor Company, Greenfield Labs)
Abstract / Description: 

Ford is pursuing an aggressive electrification of their product portfolio that includes the launch of the all-electric 2021 Mustang Mach-E, all-electric F-150, and all-electric global commercial van. With 100 kWh of electrical capacity, and potentially more, on board, Ford customers will have enough energy to meet their daily driving needs. However, what if there is more than enough energy? Ford is looking closely at how battery electric vehicles can unlock additional value for customers in a world of a dynamic and intelligent electrical energy system.

This talk will briefly cover Ford's electrification strategy and the mission of Greenfield Labs, Ford's Silicon Valley outpost. It will review projects on connected charging infrastructure and hands-free charging and describe the ways that Ford researchers are envisioning smart vehicles in a smart world.


William A. Paxton, also known as Will, is a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company's Greenfield Labs in Palo Alto, California. As a member of the Emerging Technology Integration team, Will works closely with technology developers in the valley as well as Ford's Product Development and Research teams to deliver fast-paced proof-of-concepts that showcase technologies from a Ford perspective. Broadly working on electrification technologies, topics of interest span from novel battery chemistries, battery sustainability, vehicle-to-home/grid energy transfer, hands-free charging, and others. Previously, Will worked as a materials scientist in Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan on solid state battery technology and running their X-ray characterization laboratory. Will received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University in 2015 with a dissertation on "In-situ and operando characterization of batteries with energy-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction."