Ford Brings EV Plans To Chicago

Ford has been “Charging into the Future” all over their country with their electric vehicle (EV) tour, and at each stop along the way, the automaker has announced partnerships that project a rosy future for adoption in the area. The tour’s stop in Chicago is very much along the same lines, but seems to signal that there are some real challenges in the Windy City that need to be overcome.

In Chicago, Ford reports that it is bringing together local experts to discuss Chicago’s electric vehicle future, including experts from Ford, ComEd and the Chicago Department of Environment. In the process, they will examine what the city is doing to prepare for electric vehicles, including infrastructure development and grid readiness.

Ford Transit Connect Electric Vehicle

image via Ford

A key issue to EV adoption in Chicago and other areas of the country, according to Ford, is an easy charging station permitting process. Towards that end, the automaker plans to work with utilities as well as state and local officials on issues related to  the permitting and regulations that can support electric vehicle infrastructure in Illinois.

Chicago and Detroit will be the only two Midwestern stops on Ford’s “Charging into the Future” tour.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.