Ford Motor Company and Oncor announced they are coordinating efforts to help prepare North Texas for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and Oncor will work together 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.
Earlier, Ford had announced similar partnerships with Austin Energy in Austin and Centerpoint Energy in Houston. (Earlier post.)
Cooperation between Ford and Oncor also involves working with the state and local governments on the most efficient ways to bring EVs to north Texas. Oncor has already installed more than a million of its 3.4 million smart meters, providing information to help customers charge vehicles when rates are lowest. Oncor will also build about 850 miles of new transmission lines from Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) in West Texas to the rest of the state by 2013, enabling electric vehicles to be powered from renewable domestic sources.
Oncor’s investment in new infrastructure from smart meters to CREZ lines makes Texas the best place in the world for plug-in electric cars.—Bob Shapard, Chief Executive Officer of Oncor