Ford and Oncor Bring Electric Vehicles To North Texas

Source: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company and Oncor today announced they are helping to prepare North Texas with the operation of electric vehicles. They will develop outreach programs on electric vehicles and share EV charging to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.

“Over the next two years, Ford plans on bringing five new electrified vehicles to market including the Transit Connect Electric later this year and the Focus battery electric in late 2011,” said Nancy Gioia, Global Director of Electrification, Ford Motor Company. “We know there is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles in the North Texas area and across the country. To support the roll out and acceptance of these vehicles, it is crucial to work with local utilities, like Oncor, to make sure the necessary infrastructure is ready.”

Cooperation between Ford and Oncor also involves working with the state and local governments on the most efficient ways to bring EVs to north Texas. Oncor has already installed more than a million of its 3.4 million smart meters, providing information to help customers charge vehicles when rates are lowest. Oncor will also build about 850 miles of new transmission lines from Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) in West Texas to the rest of the state by 2013, enabling electric vehicles to be powered from clean, renewable domestic sources.

“Oncor’s investment in new infrastructure from smart meters to CREZ lines makes Texas the best place in the world for plug-in electric cars,” said Bob Shapard, Chief Executive Officer of Oncor. “Our preparation now will help curb drivers’ emissions, improving air quality, and will reduce the need for power plants to charge these vehicles.”

The collaboration between Ford and Oncor was announced during Ford’s “Charging Into the Future Electric Vehicle Tour.” The 14-city tour, which kicked off at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. last month, promotes Ford’s electric vehicle strategy and educates consumers about what to expect from electrified automobiles and what is needed from the public and private sector to support this new technology.

The Dallas event also ties into the region’s Electric Vehicles North Texas Initiative led by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The initiative was developed to coordinate collaboration with utility companies, regional governments, school districts, transit authorities and local businesses in an effort to develop a plan that prepares North Texas for the transition to plug-in electric vehicles.

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).

The Dallas event also ties into the region’s Electric Vehicles North Texas Initiative led by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The initiative was developed to coordinate collaboration with utility companies, regional governments, school districts, transit authorities and local businesses in an effort to develop a plan that prepares North Texas for the transition to plug-in electric vehicles.

These vehicles will achieve breakthrough efficiency; some, like the pure battery electric vehicles Ford Transit Connect Electric and Ford Focus Electric, will use no gasoline at all.

Electrification is an important piece of Ford’s overall product sustainability strategy that includes a range of fuel efficient and alternative fuel technologies including EcoBoost engines, six speed transmissions, power assisted steering, aerodynamic improvements and light weighting materials. Ford’s electrification strategy also leverages the most fuel-efficient powertrains, the most technically competent hybrids and our global vehicle platforms in order to develop affordable choices for consumers.

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