Ford Motor Company and General Motors Add Support for HomePlug Technology for Electric Vehicle Charging Communications Across Europe and United States

Joining Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen in Major Backing of HomePlug Green PHY Standard

Portland, Ore. - October 18, 2011 - Ford Motor Company and General Motors today added their support for connectivity with concurrent electric vehicle charging - the HomePlug Powerline Alliance's (www.homeplug.org) HomePlug Green PHY (GP) specification.

The HomePlug GP specification defines a low power, highly reliable and cost-optimized powerline networking solution which targets "Smart Grid" applications such as plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, appliances, smart meters and climate controls. The announcement follows last June's announcement from German auto manufacturers - Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen - in support of this standard.

In a statement released today, the seven auto manufacturers said, "Providing a harmonized, single-port fast charging approach for electric vehicles in the US and Europe ensures the integration of all charging scenarios into one vehicle inlet/charging connector and uses identical ways for the vehicle to communicate with the charging station." The manufacturers have all agreed to use HomePlug Green PHY as the common protocol, facilitating the integration of the electric vehicle into future Smart Grid applications: http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=35430.

"This is a significant vote of confidence for both our specification and certification processes," commented Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "By committing to a common, recognized standard, the automobile manufacturers are able to reduce the build complexity for suppliers and infrastructure providers, which ultimately improves the customer experience. With this standard in place, an electric vehicle owner can pull up to any charge port with the confidence it is compatible with their vehicle."

Utility companies and manufacturers are looking to adopt communications and networking technologies, such as HomePlug GP, to help consumers and businesses monitor and reduce their energy consumption. More details are available at http://www.homeplug.org/tech/homeplug_gp. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance serves as a compliance and certification body for HomePlug and IEEE 1901 standards and manages the largest compliance and interoperability certification program for powerline networking products.

To learn more about the latest in powerline technologies, including electric vehicle charging, attend the 2011 HomePlug Powerline Alliance technology conference, November 8-9 in San Francisco, California. Full details at www.homeplug.org/conference.

About the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. (www.homeplug.org) is an industry-led initiative with 65 member companies that creates specifications, marketing and certification programs to accelerate worldwide adoption of powerline networking with HomePlug technology. With HomePlug technology, the electrical wires in the home can now distribute broadband Internet, HD video, digital music and smart energy applications.

The Alliance works with key stakeholders to ensure HomePlug specifications are designed to meet the requirements of IPTV service providers, power utilities, equipment and appliance manufacturers, consumer electronics and other constituents. The HomePlug Certified Logo program is the powerline networking industry's largest Compliance and Interoperability Certification Program and the program has certified over 250 devices.

Sponsor members include Broadcom Corporation (BRCM); Cisco (CSCO); Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK); GE Energy, an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Qualcomm Atheros, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated; Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723); SPiDCOM Technologies; and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM).

"HomePlug" is a trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


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