Ford is charged up on vehicle to infrastructure for electric vehicles

Watch the video to see Ford’s Charged up Electric Vehicle-Readiness. Mike Tinskey, Fords manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about VIH, vehicle-to-infrastructure.

Ford is creating an awareness in the public to identify key infrastructure building blocks that will enable metropolitan areas to be EV ready.

Ford considers infrastructure development an essential part of making EVs a viable option for consumers as more automotive companies release plug-in vehicles. Ford has partenered with Sunpower and is offering a discount on solar panels if you buy an electric car from Ford.

They are alsoworking with utility companies to create intelligent “off-peak” or nighttime EV charging to minimize demand on the existing electric grid

“As more and more electric vehicles come to market, it’s incredibly important that cities develop action plans including infrastructure development and permitting solutions to ensure these vehicles are a viable solution for citizens,” said Mike Tinskey, Fords manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. “Ford continues outreach with cities across the country to spread best practices and work with multiple partners including local utilities, auto manufacturers, technology companies and others to support a successful integration of electric vehicles.”

Ford is working with a growing list of metropolitan areas that are stepping up their EV preparations and infrastructure, including:
Atlanta, Hartford, Conn, Raleigh, N.C, Austin, Texas, Honolulu, Richmond, Va, Baltimore, Houston, Sacramento, Calif., Boston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Orlando, Fla., Washington, D.C., Denver, Phoenix, Detroit, Portland, Ore.

“Our electric grid has plenty of capacity to support electric transportation. The key for local utilities is to offer incentives so EV customers are encouraged to charge during the nighttime hours when plenty of capacity is available,” said Tinskey. “Additionally, at a local level, we are encouraged many cities are taking an urban planning approach to public charge station locations “ which will result in locations that are used more often and an efficient use of investment dollars. The best cities are learning from others and taking a best practices approach.”

Ford is also encouraged by specialized approaches some cities are taking to support electric vehicles. For example, Boston, New York City and Philadelphia are looking into opportunities to promote travel between the cities by electric vehicle. Additionally, each city is hiring an electric vehicle policy coordinator to help improve efficiency of the permitting processes.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.