On March 31 2010 Microsoft and Ford announced a partnership to take Microsoft's first software platform for consumer energy use management, into the hybrid vehicle space.
Microsoft believe the solution will enable improved load distribution to the electrical grid by enabling consumers to schedule the charging of their cars. Much like peak hour traffic, it is believed as the number of hybrids increase, there will be a peak hour power surge with home owners charging their cars when they arrive home. In turn, scheduling for off peak electricity rates will help consumers save money.
Ford are planning to enable Hohm for the 2011 Ford Focus hybrid release.
The Hohm strategy extends on Microsoft's original plan for utilities companies to adopt Hohm for consumer use, to measure and monitor home energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.