Ford Uses Microsoft Service for Electric Cars

Ford and Microsoft have partnered to work toward making electric vehicle ownership easier.
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NEW YORK (

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Ford

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Microsoft

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have partnered to work toward making electric vehicle ownership easier.

Ford said Wednesday it would implement the Microsoft Hohm energy management application, which helps owners determine when to most affordably recharge their electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Ford is the first automaker to use Hohm, an Internet-based service.

Ford's Focus Electric will use the Hohm service next year while two next-generation hybrids will use it in 2012.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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