Ford and City of Seattle to Educate Consumers on EVs

American manufacturer Ford announced today it has teamed up with the City of Seattle to prepare consumers for the operation of electric vehicles. Consumer outreach and education programs on EVs, information on charging needs and requirements, will all be part of the program.

The partnership between Ford and the City of Seattle, including municipally owned Seattle City Light, also involves working with the state and local governments around permitting electric vehicle tax incentives and future legislation or regulations.

“Ford will has a an aggressive plan to bring five new electrified vehicles to market over the next two years including the Transit Connect Electric later this year and the Focus battery electric in 2011,” said Mike Tinskey, Manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company.

“There is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles in Seattle. To support the roll out and acceptance of these vehicles in Seattle and across the country, it is important to work with local utilities to make sure the necessary infrastructure and demand on the grid are ready.”

Over the next two years, Ford will introduce the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, the Ford Focus Electric passenger car, two third generation lithium-ion battery hybrids (2012) and a plug-in hybrid (2012).

“I am pleased Seattle is working to support the environmental benefits of electric vehicles,” Mayor Mike McGinn said in a release. “We are working with Ford to better understand the needs these vehicles will have so we can provide local owners with excellent service to support electric cars.”

Earlier this week, Ford and Portland General Electric announced a similar relationship to help the city of Portland, Oregon, get ready for electric vehicles.
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