Ford have announced a pilot program called MyEnergi Lifestyle in China to tackle the growing pollution problem. A new partnership, between Ford, Trina Solar, Haier and Delta Electronics will help Chinese families reduce their carbon footprint and save money.
The plan is to get families to use a plug-in vehicle from Ford, move to efficient appliances and introducing a solar energy source at home. With these three important changes to the way Chinese families live and commute, it is possible to have dramatic impact on their lives, budgets and the air quality.
Energy efficient products are a great start, but new-energy vehicles or efficient refrigerators or washing machines are just part of the solution. The final piece of the puzzle is to have them powered by Solar wherever possible.
Ford says the change could have substantial impacts to China and the world, including a 45% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 63% reduction in energy costs. These Energy and carbon predictions based on Georgia Institute of Technology model utilizing a Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid, 3kW of in-home solar generation, 170 square meters of space, and 525 kWh monthly energy consumption.
Right now in Australia, the Infrastructure Australia audit projects congestion in our cities to skyrocket by 290% by 2031, costing Australia $53.3bn. When our cities have populations of 2-4 million people, you can imagine the issues in cities of 24 million people like Shanghai.
Ford is here at the first CES Asia because it presents a great platform present this concept and display its vision. For this to work the MyEnergi program needs to continue to attract consumer support as well as partner support. One great partner to bring on-board would be Tesla Energy as storing the solar-generated power in a battery like PowerWall, would enable households to use stored power at night when the sun isn’t available. This could potentially yield emission reductions of more than 80%, but does obviously introduce a higher up-front cost.
The way cities like Shanghai and countries like China choose to power their lifestyles is having a dramatic impact on their environment. Even after spending a couple of days here in Shanghai, you notice the different times of the day when buildings in the distance simply disappear as the smog blocks them from view. That problem will only continue to get worse as the development of entire city blocks of new apartment high rises get turned on using traditional thinking.
Our politicians in Australia have endlessly debated the merit of Australia taking any serious action on CO2 emissions, well this program, if successful, will tackle the problem at it’s heart, the biggest producers of emissions, but all countries need to play their part if this problem is to be solved.
Disclaimer: Jason attended CES Asia as a guest of Ford.