Ford names most EV-friendly cities
Saturday 16 April 2011
US automaker Ford this week revealed a list of the country's most "EV-ready" cities as it prepared to launch its all-electric Focus later this year.
The Detroit giant named 25 cities as those that are leading the charge of vehicle electrification, based on factors that it says are needed to make EVs a viable option for consumers.
These include electricity plans which are cheaper at night to encourage charging when power demand is low (to avoid straining the electricity grid), streamlining of the application processes and incentives to encourage EV infrastructure installations and an urban planning approach which "optimizes" the location of chargers.
Unsurprisingly, some of the first test beds for electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf made the list, with New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay in California, Houston, TX and Washington DC all featuring.
However, there were also some new additions, such as Honolulu, Hawaii; Baltimore, Maryland; and Detroit, Michigan.
The exercise is similar to that conducted by European EV-maker Think last year, as part of the US launch preparations for its Think City car EV, which is now available in some states.
Ford included nearly every city on Think's ten-city list with the exception of two - Newark, NJ and Philidelphia, PA.
In 2008, Think undertook a similar exercise based on European cities, selecting Oslo, Lisbon, Copenhagen and London, as well as Tel Aviv, as the top five EV "friendly" cities.
The most EV-ready cities in the US:
San Francisco Bay Area
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