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Ford and New York Power Authority Team on EVs

Ford Motor Company and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) are coordinating efforts to help prepare the state of New York for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and NYPA will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.

Cooperation between Ford and NYPA also involves working with the state and local governments on the most efficient ways to bring EVs to New York. Ford and NYPA are working together to educate fleet owners about their options when it comes to electric vehicles; NYPA is holding a ride-and-drive event at its White Plains administrative office building.

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. 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.

—NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel

Since 1995, NYPA has helped put on New York State roads more than 1,200 electric-drive vehicles that have driven more than 11 million miles. Under its Electric Transportation Program, the Power Authority leverages its funds in helping to arrange for other government grants in support of the acquisition by public entities of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, including vans, buses, trucks, passenger cars and work vehicles.

The collaboration between Ford and the New York Power Authority builds on an existing partnership involving the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Demonstration Program. The program, which began nearly two years ago, has generated real world experience with these advanced technology vehicles by using them in real-world driving situations.

Over the next two years, Ford will introduce the Transit Connect Electric small commercial van, the Ford Focus Electric passenger car, two third generation lithium-ion battery hybrids (2012) and a plug-in hybrid (2012).



These alliances though not substantive, do well in getting the general word on electrification out. Community outreach and education about the benefits of electric transportation will result in faster sales of vehicles.

Ford is obviously willing to do their part and for that we are grateful. We wish them the best. Education IS a major component of EV adoption. Thanks Bill.


The vehicles are coming along much too late for comfort, but the cooperation between the automotive companies and the electric utilities isn't too late for the cars. It looks like the predictions of massive grid failure due to EVs are just one more example of panic-mongering by oil interests.

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