Ford, Dominion Prepping Va. For Electric Cars

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

The Richmond-based utility said 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.

"Electric vehicles will be an exciting part of our future at Dominion Virginia Power and we are ready for it," Ken Barker, vice president of customer solutions and energy conservation at Dominion, said in a news release.

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.

"We know there is an incredible excitement for electric vehicles in Virginia and across the country," Nancy Gioia, global director of electrification for Ford, said in a news release. "To support the rollout and acceptance of these vehicles, it is crucial to work with local utilities, like Dominion, to make sure the necessary infrastructure is ready."
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