Ford Motor Company has collaborated with Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), a producer and transporter of energy, to help Virginia prepare for the operation of electric vehicles (EVs).

The partnership between Ford and DVP will include sharing information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand for EVs, and providing consumer education outreach around EVs.

The collaboration also calls for the companies to work jointly with state and local governments to support charging station permitting, EV incentives and future legislation or regulations, paving the way for EV acceptance in Virginia and across the country.

In addition, Dominion Virginia Power will supply electricity at responsible rates to accelerate the growth and adoption of electric vehicles among its customers in the state of Virginia.

Ford Motor Company global director of electrification Nancy Gioia said that over the next two years, Ford plans on bringing five new electrified vehicles to market including the Transit Connect Electric later this year and the Focus battery electric in late 2011.

“We know there is an incredible excitement for EVs in Virginia and across the country. To support the rollout and acceptance of these vehicles, it is crucial to work with local utilities, like Dominion, to make sure the necessary infrastructure is ready,” Gioia said.