Dominion, Ford prepping Va for electric cars

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 10:03 AM

RICHMOND (AP) -- Dominion Virginia Power is teaming up with Ford Motor Company to help prepare Virginia for electric vehicles.

The Richmond utility says it will partner with Ford to develop consumer outreach and education programs. The companies also will share information on charging needs and requirements to make sure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.

Dominion said Monday the companies also will work with state and local governments on the charging station permitting process as well as overall infrastructure.

Both companies say the growth and adoption of electric vehicles is dependent on ensuring the electric system is reliable and that rates are responsible.

Ford plans to introduce five electrified vehicles over the next two years.

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