Seattle, Ford team up to prepare city for electric vehicles

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Seattle, August 26, 2010 — Ford Motor Co. and the city of Seattle 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.

The partnership also includes working with state and local governments around permitting, support for electric vehicle tax incentives and future legislations or regulations.

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).

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

Ford and the city of Seattle today announced a partnership to help prepare the city for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and the city of Seattle 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.

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.

Seattle and Seattle City Light have been national leaders in promoting the use of electricity for personal transportation. Their efforts include:

* Participation in one of the country’s largest plug-in hybrid electric vehicle demonstration projects.

* A commitment to respond to home charging station permit applications within three business days. Winning $500,000 in Recovery Act funding through a Clean Cities Coalition grant, which will enable the city to install at least 50 charging stations on public property.

* Seattle City Light’s fully offsetting its carbon emissions since 2005, the only large utility in the country to achieve carbon neutrality, which means electric cars charged in City Light’s service territory run totally clean.

 

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