Ford Motor Company and the City of Seattle today announced they will work together to prepare the city for the operation of electric vehicles. The partnership will include developing consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles, as well as information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.
Ford has said that over the next two years it will introduce the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, the Ford Focus Electric passenger car, two third generation lithium-ion battery hybrids and a plug-in hybrid.
Earlier this week, Ford and Portland General Electric announced a similar relationship to help the city of Portland, Ore. get ready for electric vehicles.
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 legislations or regulations. Continued tax incentives as well as an easy charging station permitting process are both considered keys to electric vehicle acceptance in Seattle and across the country.
Ford said electrification is an important piece of the automaker’s overall product sustainability strategy that includes a range of fuel efficient and alternative fuel technologies including EcoBoost engines, six speed transmissions, power assisted steering, aerodynamic improvements and light-weight materials.