Ford helping U.S. cities charge up for EV readiness

2012 Ford Focus Electric
2012 Ford Focus Electric

Ford, like every other electric-car maker, considers infrastructure development an essential part of making EVs a viable option for consumers as more companies release vehicles that plug into the wall to be fueled. The Dearborn automaker said that it is working with cities and utility partners to identify key infrastructure foundations that will enable metropolitan areas to be EV ready.

In an effort to gear up for the launch of the all-new Ford Focus Electric later this year and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012, Ford is helping cities around the country to prepare for the arrival of new electric vehicles.

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“As more and more electric vehicles come to market, it’s incredibly important that cities develop action plans including infrastructure development and permitting solutions to ensure these vehicles are a viable solution for citizens,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford’s manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. “Ford continues outreach with cities across the country to spread best practices and work with multiple partners including local utilities, auto manufacturers, technology companies and others to support a successful integration of electric vehicles.”

Refresher: The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is powered by a 100-kilowatt electric-motor with a 23 kWh batter. Working together the system produces 123-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Ford says that the Focus Electric can travel at a top speed of 84 mph and has a total range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. With the 240-volt home charging station, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can reach full charge in 3 to 4 hours. On a standard 120-volt outlet, the Focus Electric will take up to 20 hours.

2012 Ford Focus Electric:

Some of the key actions Ford has identified in working with cities and utility partners include:

  • Utility rate structure that encourages “off-peak” or nighttime EV charging to minimize demand on the existing electric grid
  • Streamlined permitting and inspection process to support customer and commercial EV infrastructure installation
  • Integrated advisory committees that include participation from electric utilities, vehicle manufacturers and dealers, municipalities, EV customers and local coalitions
  • Urban planning approach to optimize public/commercial EV charge locations
  • Infrastructure incentives to offset a portion of customer costs for hardware/installation

Ford is working with a growing list of metropolitan areas that are stepping up their EV preparations and infrastructure, including:

  • Atlanta
  • Hartford, Conn
Raleigh, N.C
  • Austin, Texas
  • Honolulu
Richmond, Va.
  • Baltimore
  • Houston
Sacramento, Calif.
  • Boston
  • Indianapolis
San Diego
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Los Angeles
San Francisco Bay Area
  • Chicago
  • New York
Seattle
  • Dallas
  • Orlando, Fla.
Washington, D.C.
  • Denver
  • Phoenix
  • Detroit
  • Portland, Ore.

– By: Omar Rana