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Ford Announces top 25 U.S. Cities for Electric Vehicles

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With an influx of 20 plug-in electric vehicles from Ford, GM, Toyota and other electric vehicle manufacturers to be on the market by the end of 2012, Ford has taken the initiative by recognizing electric vehicle ready U.S. cities to encourage laggards to get ready.

“Over the next 12 months we will see at least 18,000 new charge stations in U.S. cities,” said Mike Tinskey, manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure for Ford. “People will start seeing charge stations in some pretty familiar places,” Tinskey said.

The new Ford Focus electric vehicle, which has a subtle Aston Martin look and feel, runs completely on electricity stored in a clean-tech battery. According to Ford’s website the Ford Focus never needs a drop of gas. That is too bad for car owners now looking to replace their combustible engines with gas prices at $4.50 per gallon at the pump. Additionally, what seems to be from the fictional starship in Star Trek, the Ford Focus also includes a unique instrument panel that helps drivers monitor energy consumption for gas-free driving fun.  Unfortunately, defensive shielding and photonic torpedoes were not options for the 2012 Ford Focus.

City of Chicago makes top 25 list of electric vehicle friendly cities

Although many of the U.S. cities that made the list, not surprisingly, border the East and West coasts Chicago made the list. With a wealth of green space afforded by Chicago’s parks, Cook County Forest Preserves, a network of open spaces containing forest, prairie, wetland, streams, and lakes every Chicagoan should purchase an electric vehicle. The city of Chicago could replace the privatized parking meters with charging stations and charge per kilowatt versus per hour.

By John Courtney

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