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Ford Partners With Seattle to Prepare for EVs

August 31, 2010

SEATTLE - Ford Motor Co. and the city of Seattle on Aug. 26 announced a partnership to help prepare the city for the operation of electric vehicles. 

Ford and Seattle city officials will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles. They will also share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand. 

"Ford has 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, Ford's manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure. "There is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles in Seattle. To support the rollout 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." 

The partnership between Ford and 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. 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. 

"I am pleased Seattle is working to support the environmental benefits of electric vehicles," Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said. "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."

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