Ford, N.Y. Power Authority team to prepare N.Y. for electric vehicles

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New York City, October 6, 2010 — Ford Motor Co. and the New York Power Authority are coordinating efforts to help prepare the state of New York for the operation of electric vehicles.

Ford and NYPA will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand. 

Ford plans on bringing 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 late 2011.

Cooperation between Ford and NYPA also involves working with the state and local governments on the most efficient ways to bring EVs to New York. Ford and NYPA are working together to educate fleet owners about their options when it comes to electric vehicles.

Since 1995, NYPA has helped put on New York State roads more than 1,200 electric-drive vehicles that have driven more than 11 million miles. Under its Electric Transportation Program, the Power Authority leverages its funds in helping to arrange for other government grants in support of the acquisition by public entities of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. They’ve included vans, buses, trucks, passenger cars and work vehicles.

The collaboration between Ford and the New York Power Authority builds on an existing partnership involving the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Demonstration Program. The program, which began nearly two years ago, has generated real-world experience with these advanced technology vehicles by using them in real world driving situations. 

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).

These vehicles will achieve breakthrough efficiency; some, like the pure battery electric vehicles Ford Transit Connect Electric and Ford Focus Electric, will use no gasoline at all.

Electrification is an important piece of Ford’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 weighting materials. Ford’s electrification strategy also leverages the most fuel-efficient powertrains, the most technically competent hybrids and our global vehicle platforms in order to develop affordable choices for consumers.

The NYPA is a state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. Nearly 80 percent of the electricity it produces is renewable hydropower.

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The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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