Is Your City on Ford's EV List?


With the release of the fully electric Ford Focus just around the corner, Ford has posted a map pin pointing cities across the country that the Ford company thinks are best suited for electric car ownership.

Most of Middle America and many other traditionally red states did not make the cut, while “blue” cities like Boston, New York, Seattle, and Denver got the thumbs up. According to Ford, one of the major deciding factors for the company to give approval to a city for electric car use was if that city had formed an Electric Vehicles (EV) advisory panel. Cities that had EV advisory panels were mainly in traditionally blue states across the nation. These electric car friendly cities have made it easier for their citizens to obtain home charging station permits as well as using urban planning techniques in the placing of public charging stations.

All of this planning and preparation for electric cars does mean that the government will interfere and be involved in the lives of their citizens a bit more in order to make wide spread use of electric vehicles a reality. Yet, this is where American society hits a brick wall. The issue of increased government involvement is such a hot button topic in this nation that it factors into a wide range of public policy issues– from taxes and women’s rights all the way to the electric car.

The cities that Ford has highlighted as being electric car friendly are indeed all liberal voting cities, although some being liberal cities within conservative states such as Dallas, Texas. However, when one looks at national voting statistics most major metropolitan areas across the nation vote liberally. The reasons for this liberal voting trend in American cities is vast but some factors that play a role include a higher concentration of universities and colleges in the cities, think the city of Boston, as well as increased citizen concerns  about the environment such as the air quality that these urban dwellers breath every day.

With gasoline prices reaching $4.00 a gallon the move to electric and alternative fueled vehicles must happen. While it is nice to see that Ford has given approval to electric car use to many cities across the nation, further study must be done in the more rural states. People in most cities across the United States have access to some type of public transportation, limiting the amount of time these people spend in their cars and lessening the pain at the pump. Where these high fuel costs are really hurting are in the rural areas where people have to drive in order to get to work or the grocery store. As it is, rural areas tend to vote conservatively and thus against government intervention, which seems counterintuitive. It will be interesting to see where the electric car debate leads, especially in rural America where high gas prices hurt most.

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Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.

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Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison
  • whoever made this map doesn’t know GA fro AL, and needs to brush up on their texas geography. :

  • ziv

    So what is the MSRP on the FFE going to be? I hope they price it under $35k, but I bet they will do a GM and price it just high enough to be slightly irritating. My money is on $39k. With no ICE, it should be around $30k, but other than Mitsubishi’s little city car, all the rest seem to be overpriced.

  • ziv

    I really don’t care as much about where they will be released as at what price will the MSRP be? Without an ICE, it should be less than $30k. So far only Mitsubishi’s little city car has done that, but Nissan is close.
    I bet Ford will over-price it nearly as much as GM did the Volt. Anything under $36k for FFE would really eat Nissan’s lunch. So I bet Ford will price the FFE at around $39k.

    • I’m going to guess around $32k.

      the reason why is because there’s absolutely no way Ford will be able to sell anything with a Focus badge for $39k in the USA.

      Now if it were Europe, that would be another story. People have been paying the equivalent of mid $30k for Foci there for some time now.

      • Ziv

        Chris, I really hope that you are right, and I like your logical approach to the pricing issue. I just don’t have much faith in a large American corporation run by MBA’s actually resorting to logic. An MBA knows the cost of everything down to the penny, but wouldn’t recognize value if it…
        Anyway, I am afraid that Ford will try to cover their relatively minor investment in BEV’s in a relatively quick time, instead of realizing that these investments will pay back big time over the years. There is no way that Nissan is making a profit on the Leaf at the price point they are selling here in the US, but they are getting great value for their investment by building goodwill and name recognition in the BEV market.
        A Ford Focus EV at $32k would do to the Leaf what the stretch 747-8 did to the A380 back in 2000, crippling their competition by taking away a huge chunk of their planned sales.
        Oh, thats right, that short sighted, sclerotic corporation didn’t plan big and the competition is running wild now with A380 sales…
        I am sure Ford will price their BEV intelligently.
        But seriously, Chris, I do hope that you are right, and Ford has been going from strength to strength lately.

  • Is Atlanta moving to Alabama?

  • Did you wonder if there was an effort out to control the electric car industry. Well, let’s name the names:
    The Solyndra case proves that the DOE LOAN and ATVM funding was based on pure bribery and lobby manipulation. All of the failure points on Solyndra have been visible for ages so they would not have gotten the money if “real due diligence” had been performed instead of giving the money away to hard-wired campaign contributors. Kleiner Perkins put Chu in office as Secratary in order to get favored nations funding for their portfolio companies and keep competitors to those portfolio companies from getting funded. Steve Westly and Kholsa helped them along with Raj Gupta.

    The Detroit News writes that Detroit & Telsa recipients used the money to pay bonuses to staff and other uses, have parties and other uses not intended for the funds. How the *H* did a Japanese company get U.S. taxpayer dollars from the DOE?

    The DOE ATVM And Loan Gaurantee programs were conducted by criminals in order to commit crimes. The “Car Czar” Steve Rattner (Now a proven criminal by the State of NY), Lachland Seward, Matt Rogers and his partner Steve Spinner and most of Tesla’s friends at McKinsey Consulting from Silicon Valley (Who used Tax payer jets to fly back and forth to Silicon Valley to go bike riding), Steve Westley and a group who now left DOE, and some who are still there are criminals. They stole your tax money and put in in their friends pockets. Federal investigations have already shown that Detroit embezzeled and misspent the first monies distributed. Every company that has so far gotten money has misspent it, did not have what they said they had at the time they applied, were tied to campaign contributions and rated lowest on the comparison reviews. If you google: “Unprofessional behavior plagues SRS” to read about the death threats, you can see the depths to which some of these people will sink. See the recent mass exodus from DOE of key staff in the last 9 months: They took the money and ran.

    The few applicants that did get money spent tens of millions of dollars on bribes and lobby “incentives” equal in ratio to the money they got. Now the White House says that $17B of the taxpayer money that Detroit got is a write-off and is lost forever. In other words Detroit has already embezzeled more money than all of the other applicants applied for put together.

    Google Tesla’s Siry on “DOE stifles innovation” to read what one of the highest level staff at one of the car companies said.

    The GAO, a federal crime busting agency, just released public reports saying that the DOE Loan programs were corrupt. All of the people under Seward were “connected” or “made men” in the Detroit cadre. Seward changed the section 136 first-come-first serve rule (Which appears to be illegal) in order to provide advantages to his friends in Detroit who didnt bother to apply in time and to cut out the smaller players who were already ahead in the application proces

    Subpeonas of Detroit and DOE Loan Departments will prove crime, corruption, favoritism and rigged contracts were the rule and not the exception. BTW: Revenge of the Electric car is a paid product placement film. It is not a real documentary.