The city of Seattle wants to improve its air quality with electric cars, and Ford, apparently, wants to help them do it. According to a recent news release, the two will be teaming up on consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as to share information on charging needs and requirements, helping to ensure that the local grid can meet demand.
This partnership between Ford and Seattle (which also includes Seattle City Light, the city’s publicly owned electric power utility) also involves working with the state and local governments on permitting, electric vehicle tax incentives and future legislation/regulation for EVs. In Seattle and across the country, continued tax incentives as well as a streamlined charging station permitting process are both considered key to the adoption of electric vehicles on a meaningful scale.
Ford and the City of Seattle announced this partnership during Ford’s “Charging Into the Future Tour” 14-city road trip, which kicked off in Portland, Oregon, promoting Ford’s electric vehicle strategy. The tour also focuses on consumer education in terms of what to expect from electric automobiles and what the public and private sector can do to support EV technology.
“Ford has a an aggressive plan to bring five new electrified vehicles to market over the next two years,” said Mike Tinskey, Manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company, in a statement. “There is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles in Seattle. To support the roll out 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.”