New York, New York – Ford is partnering with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to help prepare the state of New York for the operation of electric vehicles. The two will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs, as well as share information on charging needs and requirements.

“Ford plans on bringing 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 late 2011,” said Sherif Marakby, director of electrification programs and engineering for Ford. “We know there is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles in the New York area and across the country. To support the rollout and acceptance of these vehicles, it is crucial to work with utilities like NYPA to make sure the necessary infrastructure is ready.”

Ford and NYPA are also working together to educate fleet owners about options when it comes to electric vehicles, with NYPA holding a ride-and-drive at its administration office building today. Under its electric transportation program, the Power Authority helps to arrange for other government grants in support of the acquisition of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles by public entities, including vans, buses, trucks, passenger cars and work vehicles.

 

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