Ford and PGE bring new electric cars to Portland State University
PORTLAND: August 24, 2010 - Ford Motor Company kicked off their EV tour by bringing its electric vehicle line up to Portland State University (PSU). They displayed the new Ford Focus all electric plug-in, Ford Escape Hybrid plug-in, and Fusion Hybrid in PSU’s Urban Plaza.
Ford and Portland General Electric (PGE) lead a comprehensive round table that discussed vehicle technology, infrastructure needs, consumer education and everything that will help the region embrace this emerging automobile technology. The vehicles were available for test drives following the forum presentation.
"Ford has an aggressive plan to bring 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 2011," said
Mike Tinskey, Manager of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company. "To
support the roll out and acceptance of these vehicles it is important to work with local utilities to
make sure the necessary infrastructure and grid capability are ready."
Ford and PGE have also agreed to work together with state and local governments to issues to
support charging station permitting, electric vehicle incentives and future legislation or regulations.
Vehicle incentives and an easy charging station permitting process are considered to be two key to
elements to electric vehicle acceptance in Portland and across the country.
"The idea of widespread use of electric vehicles in an urban setting is becoming a reality and we
want Oregon to be well-positioned to take advantage of this new technology and the environmental
benefits these automobiles will bring," said Jim Piro, president and CEO, PGE. "By working with
Ford, PGE can better understand how these vehicles will interact with our electrical system and
how we can best support our customers with the charging service they need to keep their electric
PGE is partnering with state and local government, higher education, the automobile industry, and
businesses to expand the electric vehicle infrastructure in Oregon. In early August, PGE opened the
nation's first quick-charge station at its World Trade Center headquarters, which complements the
network of more-than 20 charging stations now up and running across PGE's operating areas. Ford
will draw upon PGE's partnership with Portland State University to further study urban mobility
and the integration of energy and sustainable design.
Ford will introduce its first pure battery electric vehicle, the Transit Connect Electric small
commercial van, this year. In 2011, Ford will deliver the Focus Electric passenger car to market,
and in 2012, will introduce new next generation lithium ion battery powered hybrids and a plug-in
hybrid in North America.
These vehicles will achieve breakthrough efficiency; some, like the pure battery electric vehicles
Ford Transit Connect Electric and Ford Focus Electric, will use no gasoline at all.
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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures
or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 159,000 employees and about 70 plants
worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of
which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company
provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding
Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.
About Portland General Electric
PGE, headquartered in Portland, Ore, is a fully integrated electric utility that serves more than
822,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. PGE is partnering with state
and local government, higher education, the automobile industry, and businesses to expand the
electric vehicle infrastructure in Oregon. For more information, visit
About Portland State University
Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for over 28,000 undergraduate
and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the
University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with
field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The
University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with
green buildings, while many of the 125 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees incorporate
sustainability into the curriculum.