Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 30, 2010 - Ford has entered into partnerships with Portland General Electric in Portland and the City of Seattle 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.

The partnerships also includes working with state and local governments to support charging station permitting, electric vehicle tax credits, and future legislation or regulations.

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, and a plug-in hybrid.

“Ford has an aggressive plan to bring five new electrified vehicles to market over the next two years,” said Mike Tinskey, manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure at Ford Motor Company. “There is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles. To support the rollout and acceptance of these vehicles, it is important to work with local utilities to make sure the necessary infrastructure and demand on the grid are ready.”

Ford will leverage PGE’s partnership with Portland State University to further study urban mobility and the integration of energy and sustainable design.

PGE also is partnering with state and local government, higher education, the automobile industry, and businesses to expand the electric vehicle infrastructure in Oregon. In early August, PGE opened the nation’s first quick charge station at its World Trade Center headquarters, which complements the network of more than 20 charging stations up and running across PGE’s operating areas.

In Seattle, the partnership will include the municipally owned Seattle City Light, whose efforts include participation in one of the country's largest plug-in hybrid electric vehicle demonstration projects, and a commitment to respond to home charging station permit applications within three business days. Winning $500,000 in ARRA funding through a Clean Cities Coalition grant will enable the City to install at least 50 charging stations on public property.