Ford names top 25 EV cities

Not sure where Josie Garthwaite of GigaOM’s Earth2tech found this but Ford has just released its list of the top 25 US cities for electric vehicle “readiness.” Ford apparently developed its own matrix for judging each city and gave the most weight to private charging infrastructure.

Fords top 25 EV ready cities

From the post:

“At a time when public funds are supporting the installation of thousands of charging stations nationwide by 2012, Ford Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure Manager Mike Tinksey says the number of charge points isn’t what matters most. Rather, it’s about the approach to installing those stations, and the processes and programs in place to help knock down a range of barriers to adoption over time.

When it comes to selecting initial launch markets, Tinksey added, Ford has considered confidential data (notably hybrid sales) it wouldn’t want to share with competitors. But there’s plenty of room — and need — for collaboration around charging stations. That’s not just so every plug will fit every car, but also so each automaker can display charge spot locations in vehicle navigation systems, said Tinksey. “We view the infrastructure piece as a non-competitive arena.”

A similar report by Project Get Ready also highlights the top prepared cities. “Some cities in America have prepared for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) for years, but the PEV transition will soon affect much of the U.S. relatively quickly. With the first wave of vehicles upon us (starting by the end of 2010), initial PEV fleets will hit specific areas where, for a number of reasons, readiness and appetite is highest.

The study assesses the following key requirements for PEV readiness, including:

  • Regulatory environment
  • Infrastructure readiness
  • Consumer readiness
  • Operating environment”

Cities in the lead for EV readiness

Project Get Ready also highlights (PDF) the top things cities, governments and utilities need to do  broken down by “must haves” and “nice to haves.”

Some highlights from the report:

Electrified vehicles are coming

Imagine your city free from the strain of volatile gas prices, where quiet vehicles drive the street emitting zero air pollution. This is the promise of electrified vehicles, or “plug-ins”, one of the most important components of transitioning to a greener economy.

Transitioning to electrified vehicles mean initial costs and change, creating barriers

There are two key barriers to plug-ins: first, the current battery technology is very expensive, adding adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a plug-in. Next, many well-established sectors must change to accommodate plug-ins.

Overcoming these barriers requires cross-community collaboration

We believe that the best way for the nation to get ready is for pioneering communities to get ready, developing new systems that suit local needs, while maintaining communication and coordination between communities. Project Get Ready was founded to:

  1. Help community stakeholders work together to create a plan to become plug-in-ready,
  2. Provide a forum for pioneering communities to openly exchange lessons learned and best practices, and show their progress to automakers and other national/global businesses.

This menu prioritizes the “must have” actions for your community to get ready

Our plug- in vision includes all forms of electrified vehicle, such as plug-in hybrid electrics (PHEVs), pure battery electrics (EVs) and conventional vehicles converted to plug-ins. We have prioritized the most important actions cities must take to become plug-in ready, and divided them into two tiers:

  • “Must have” actions: For a community to be ready, it must meet most of these.
  • “Nice to have” actions: A city meeting these actions will accelerate plug-in success.”
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About Daniel Davenport

Daniel is a digital media executive with internet and broadcast experience. Daniel is currently the executive strategy director at THINK Interactive.

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