Dallas, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 14, 2009 – Oncor has joined Ford Motor Company’s application for U.S. Department of Energy stimulus funds to support a groundbreaking test of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. If approved, beginning in 2010 Oncor could receive as many as 67 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles from Ford as part of a nationwide effort to develop a commercial market for the new technology.
Ford’s goal is to work with leading utilities in the U.S. to demonstrate plug-in hybrids, electric vehicle technologies and related power grid infrastructure. Ford plans to leverage the stimulus funds to accelerate development of and placement of vehicles with participating utilities.
“Oncor’s advanced metering systems paired with a plug-in hybrid fleet could be the next great advance in automotive and utility technology applications,” said Bob Shapard, Oncor chairman and CEO. “Add the opportunity to charge plug-in hybrids with wind power generated at night and delivered by a renewable energy super highway transmission system, and Texas is the best place in the nation to test this technology.”
Oncor has committed to installing advanced metering systems, charging station technologies and to be responsible for other educational and reporting efforts. By 2012, Oncor will replace every meter in its system with advanced meter systems, one of the most aggressive deployments in the U.S. Oncor expects to install almost 600,000 advanced meters by year-end.
Oncor operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, delivering power to approximately 3 million homes and businesses and operating more than 117,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Texas.