Herbert Hoover never actually promised “a chicken for every pot, a car in every garage” in his 1928 campaign, but the message is associated with the former US president. Now, 85 years later, KB Home is envisioning a green world where the car in all those garages is a Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid connected to the home’s “smart” utility functions designed to cut energy usage.
The homebuilder, which is showing off a concept home in San Marcos, CA (about 35 miles north of San Diego), is showing off the ZeroHouse 2.0 model home. It can be programmed to charge up the C-Max plug-in at nighttime, when energy rates are lower. Other green features include having its refrigerator make ice at night (again, during off-peak hours) and including systems that cut water use by 20 percent compared to similar-sized homes.
Through March, Ford has sold 1,166 C-Max Energi vehicles, almost exactly half as many as its primary competitor, the Toyota Prius Plug-in. Read Ford’s press release below.
By Danny King