Ford names Portland an EV launch market
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
Ford Focus Electric prototype
Ford Motor Company named Portland among the 18 launch markets designated for its Focus Electric, the company's first all-electric passenger car.
Portland's slot as a debut city for the car was all but secure after Ford came to town in August to announce a partnership with Portland General Electric to develop electric vehicle infrastructure and study driver behavior.
Ford is working closely with utility and local government partners to make sure that the local electrical grid will be able to handle the influx of electric cars.
The other markets selected for the launch of the Focus Electric include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Fla., Richmond, Va., Seattle and Washington, D.C. The regional areas of Austin and Houston, Texas; Phoenix and Tuscon, Ariz., and Raleigh and Durham, N.C. are also test markets.
The Focus Electric will be available late in 2011 and will be built in Wayne, Mich. The car will be powered by a lithium-ion battery. The company's battery temperature control technology is designed to maximize the life of the battery and provide a driving range of 100 miles.
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