Not so long ago, Ford kicked off its “Charging Into the Future” electric vehicle tour in EarthTechling’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, and at every step along the way, it seems, the car maker has announced a new partnership with local utility companies focused on building the smart grid, fast-charging future. Hot on the heels of a recent stop in Houston, the automaker has announced a partnership with Oncor in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area.
As in Ford’s other partnerships along these lines, the car maker and the utility–a leader in smart grid technology and implementation–will be working together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles (EVs) as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area can support projected consumer demand once electric vehicles hit the roads. Towards that goal, Ford and Oncor will also be working with state and local officials to develop the most efficient ways to bring EVs to north Texas.
“Oncor’s investment in new infrastructure from smart meters to CREZ lines makes Texas the best place in the world for plug-in electric cars,” said Bob Shapard, Chief Executive Officer of Oncor, in a statement. “Our preparation now will help curb drivers’ emissions, improving air quality, and will reduce the need for power plants to charge these vehicles.”