Raleigh, North Carolina – Ford and electric utility Progress Energy have announced a joint effort to help prepare North Carolina for the operation of electric vehicles. The companies will focus on the “Research Triangle” area of the state, developing consumer outreach and education programs on electric cars.

The two companies will also share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the demand.

“There is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles in the Raleigh area,” said David Finnegan, Ford’s electric vehicle marketing manager. “To support the roll-out and acceptance of these vehicles in Raleigh and across the country, it is crucial to work with local utilities to make sure the necessary electric infrastructure is ready and to help consumers understand the technology choices they will have available to meet their transportation needs.”

Progress Energy is one of ten utilities partnered with Ford to test 20 plug-in hybrid Ford Escape models to obtain data on durability, reliability and safety of the new battery technology.

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