We’ve reported from many of the stops along Ford’s “Charging Into the Future Electric Vehicle Tour,” including Seattle, Portland, Dallas and Houston. Now the Ford electric vehicle (EV) roadtrip has headed over to the East Coast, with an announcement that it has teamed up with New York Power Authority (NYPA) to ready the Big Apple for EVs.
As with each stop along the tour, Ford will be working with a local utility partner–in this case, NYPA–to coordinate efforts in helping to prepare the region for mass-market electric vehicles, including five new electric Ford models over the next five years. This collaboration encompasses consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as an exchange of information on charging needs and requirements designed to ensure that the local grid can support the necessary demand for charging EVs.
“The Power Authority is a leader in helping to introduce electric and hybrid-electric vehicles in the New York Metropolitan Area and other parts of the state,” said NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel, in a statement. “These electric-drive vehicles are essential to improving energy efficiency, energy security and air quality, and for growing jobs for the economy. For all of these reasons, we’re teaming with automobile manufacturers, local and state governments and others to promote wider use of these vehicles, beginning with government vehicle fleets. Ford’s new electrified vehicle models will certainly contribute to the efforts.”
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