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Based on extensive research, Ford has identified what it thinks are the "25 Most Electric Vehicle-Ready Cities" in the U.S. The automaker evaluated cities across the nation using these measures:
  • Utility rate structure that encourages "off-peak" or nighttime electric vehicle (EV) charging to minimize demand on the existing electric grid.
  • Streamlined permitting and inspection process to support customer and commercial EV infrastructure installation.
  • Integrated advisory committees that include participation from electric utilities, vehicle manufacturers and dealers, municipalities, EV customers and local coalitions.
  • Urban planning approach to optimize public/commercial EV charge locations.
  • Infrastructure incentives to offset a portion of customer costs for hardware/installation.
In addition, Ford points out that specialized approaches that some cities are taking in order to support plug-in vehicles – for example, Boston, MA, New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA are together eying a program that would promote EV travel between the three cities and Chicago is considering the elimination of city sticker fees for EVs – factored into its decision in selecting the Top 25.

Ford's electrified strategy calls for the launch of five vehicles in the U.S. by the end of 2012, including the Transit Connect Electric, Focus Electric, C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. So, did your hometown make Ford's list? Check it out after the jump (or, yes, peek at the map above).

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Charged up: Ford Pushes for Electric Vehicle-Readiness across the U.S.

* Ford is working with cities and utility partners to identify key infrastructure building blocks that will enable metropolitan areas to be EV ready.
* Cities across the United States are and can take a variety of steps now to enhance the readiness of their communities for electric vehicle use and customer installation
* Ford considers infrastructure development an essential part of making EVs a viable option for consumers as more automotive companies release plug-in vehicles

DEARBORN, Mich., April 13, 2011 – While Ford is gearing up to launch the all-new Focus Electric later this year and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012, cities around the country also are preparing for the arrival of new electric vehicles. Some of the key actions Ford has identified in working with cities and utility partners include:

* Utility rate structure that encourages "off-peak" or nighttime EV charging to minimize demand on the existing electric grid
* Streamlined permitting and inspection process to support customer and commercial EV infrastructure installation
* Integrated advisory committees that include participation from electric utilities, vehicle manufacturers and dealers, municipalities, EV customers and local coalitions
* Urban planning approach to optimize public/commercial EV charge locations
* Infrastructure incentives to offset a portion of customer costs for hardware/installation

"As more and more electric vehicles come to market, it's incredibly important that cities develop action plans including infrastructure development and permitting solutions to ensure these vehicles are a viable solution for citizens," said Mike Tinskey, Ford's manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. "Ford continues outreach with cities across the country to spread best practices and work with multiple partners including local utilities, auto manufacturers, technology companies and others to support a successful integration of electric vehicles."

Ford is working with a growing list of metropolitan areas that are stepping up their EV preparations and infrastructure, including:

Atlanta
Hartford, Conn
Raleigh, N.C
Austin, Texas
Honolulu
Richmond, Va.
Baltimore
Houston
Sacramento, Calif.
Boston
Indianapolis
San Diego
Charlotte, N.C.
Los Angeles
San Francisco Bay Area
Chicago
New York
Seattle
Dallas
Orlando, Fla.
Washington, D.C.
Denver
Phoenix
Detroit
Portland, Ore.

"Our electric grid has plenty of capacity to support electric transportation. The key for local utilities is to offer incentives so EV customers are encouraged to charge during the nighttime hours when plenty of capacity is available," said Tinskey. "Additionally, at a local level, we are encouraged many cities are taking an urban planning approach to public charge station locations – which will result in locations that are used more often and an efficient use of investment dollars. The best cities are learning from others and taking a best practices approach."

Ford is also encouraged by specialized approaches some cities are taking to support electric vehicles. For example, Boston, New York City and Philadelphia are looking into opportunities to promote travel between the cities by electric vehicle. Additionally, each city is hiring an electric vehicle policy coordinator to help improve efficiency of the permitting processes.

The power of choice
Electrification is an important piece of Ford's overall product sustainability strategy. Ford's aggressive strategy includes the launch of five electrified vehicles in North America by 2012 and Europe by 2013. Ford launched the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van in 2010, will launch Focus Electric later this year and will introduce C-MAX Hybrid, a second next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012. The range of electrified vehicles allows Ford to meet a variety of consumer driving needs.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.


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      emperorkoku
      • 4 Months Ago
      Denver, yes!
        Neevers1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @emperorkoku
        Made me laugh, if Denver is one of the most inviting cities for electric cars.. AHAHAHAHA
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Neevers1
          And why is that?
      • 4 Months Ago
      So, I haft to go to Alabama to get the Georgia?
      • 4 Months Ago
      Thought everyone here might find this interesting. We are doing a feature on greenwashing in ad campaigns...what do you think of this Audi A3 commercial? It's definitely hilarious but is it a great ad or just greenwash? http://ecomobility.tv/2011/04/14/audi-a3-commercial-great-ad-greenwash/
      Matt
      • 4 Months Ago
      Cool how they transplanted Atlanta into the middle of Alabama on that map. Marketing FAIL
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Matt
        Ford in-car sat-nav? :-)
      • 4 Months Ago
      It's neat that Atlanta moved to middle of Alabama.
        Ryan
        • 4 Months Ago
        Austin is a few miles off too. Not as bad as putting it in the wrong state however... Or did they mean to write Huntsville, AL? In Phoenix, this project and home/commercial solar panels might make it better to charge during the day when it is sunny. At least on days when you aren't using the AC. http://solanasolar.com/
        Matt
        • 4 Months Ago
        aaaaand I totally repeated what you said... guess I should have read further down :)
      • 4 Months Ago
      from the looks of the map...more than one person failed geography....when is Atlanta,GA in Alabama? LMAO
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