Portland, Oregon – Ford Motor Company is partnering with Portland General Electric (PGE) in Oregon to help prepare Portland and the Pacific Northwest for electric vehicles. Ford and PGE will work together to share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electric grid can support demand, as well as partner on consumer education around electric vehicles.
“Ford has an aggressive plan to bring five new electrified vehicles to market over the next two years, including the Transit Connect Electric later this year and the Focus battery electric in 2011,” said Mike Tinskey, manager of Ford’s vehicle electrification and infrastructure. “To support the roll-out and acceptance of these vehicles, it is important to work with local utilities to make sure the necessary infrastructure and grid capability are ready.”
Ford and PGE will also work together with state and local governments to support charging station permitting, electric vehicle incentives and future legislation or regulations.
In early August, PGE opened the country’s first quick-charge station at its World Trade Center headquarters, complementing a network of more than twenty charging stations now up and running across PGE’s operating areas. Ford will draw upon PGE’s partnership with Portland State University to further study urban mobility and the integration of energy and sustainable design.