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Ford holds EV showcase

Friday, October 22, 2021 by Tai Moses

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Company has pledged that half of all the vehicles it sells by 2030 will be electric. Darren Palmer, general manager of Ford’s Electric Vehicles Division, said in a panel last week moderated by Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar, “Now is the time for electric vehicles. Technology just reached a point where electric vehicles can be considered mainstream.” To showcase its commitment, the carmaker is displaying some of its EVs at Republic Square Park this week, including the forthcoming Ford F-150 Lightning, a pickup truck whose base model boasts 230 miles of range plus “enough battery storage to power a typical American home for three days,” according to Ford. Spillar noted that “Austin is home to 22 percent of all electric vehicles in Texas, and Austin Energy predicts 52,000 electric vehicles in the capital city by 2023.” The city has over 1,000 Level 2 charging ports and 29 fast chargers.


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