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Ford and N.Y. Power Authority Prepare New York for Electric Vehicles

Photo Courtesy -- New York Power Authority(NEW YORK) -- Ford Motor Company has announced that it will team up with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to prepare New York state for the operation of electric vehicles.  The collaboration was announced during Ford's "Charging Into the Future Electric Vehicle Tour," which visited New York City Monday.

The plan is that Ford and NYPA will develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles to ensure the electrical grid can support customers' needs.

“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, Ford Motor Company.

Marakby added, “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.”

NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard M. Kessel said that the Power Authority is a leader in efforts to introduce electric and hybrid vehicles in the New York Metropolitan Area and other parts of New York state.  Kessel adds, "Ford's new electrified will certainly contribute to the efforts."

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 (2012) and a plug-in hybrid (2012).

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