Houston Makes Ford's List of Most Electric Car-Ready Cities

The Ford Motor Company has just released a list of the 25 most electric-car ready cities in the country. And as Wendy Siegle reports, Houston is on it.
Three Texas cities made the top 25: Austin, Dallas and Houston. Others include Portland, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Mike Tinskey is the manager of Ford’s electrification program. He says Ford evaluated how each city was preparing to support electrically powered cars.

“Houston’s done a really good job on the permitting process. When you get a charge station installed in your home, you have to have it permitted and inspected. And Houston’s really streamlined that process and actually put that in place as part of the readiness plan.”

That means it’s easier for electric car buyers to get their home charger installed in their garage even before taking delivery of their vehicle. Tinskey says there’s also a lot of private money and public money going into public charging stations in Houston. NRG energy, for example, is planning to install 50 rapid car chargers around the city by the end of next year. Some will go along I-45.

“There’s also an urban planning approach to where those public charge stations should go. And that’s a huge step. Even though they aren’t going in maybe today, but maybe in six months from now, where those locations are has been planned. And that’s a much more efficient use of resources.”

Tinskey confesses that the cities on the list aren’t necessarily ready right now to support electric vehicles on a mass scale. But he says they all have the right programs and frameworks in place to get to that point faster.