Ford of Europe has its headquarters in the German city of Cologne (Köln), so an electric vehicle
partnership between the city and the automaker doesn't come as a surprise. Ford of Germany, the city of Cologne, RheinEnergie AG, and the University of Duisburg-Essen have signed an agreement to deploy a fleet of 10 Ford Transit delivery vans for use in the inner city, where the zero-tailpipe emissions and reduced noise of the EV can be maximized. Ford is (obviously) supplying the vans and RheinEnergie will supply carbon-neutral electricity for these vans, while the city is installing charging points and defining the best routes for the trucks to use. The University of Duisburg-Essen will be in charge of the technical study, which has the goal of coming up with a plan to implement an EV charging network in the region.