— Ford Motor Co. said Monday it will build the first electric vehicle charging stations in North America, the latest step in its efforts to build a nationwide network of electric vehicles that could cut carbon emissions by at least 80 percent.
Ford’s announcement came in response to a report in the New York Times on Sept. 11, in which the Times reported that the automaker planned to invest more than $2 billion to build charging stations and install chargers in the U.C.M.A. border area of the United States.
The company said the stations would serve both vehicles and residents.
It said it was also considering building charging stations with solar panels.
“The next step will be to deploy these stations throughout the country, providing electric vehicles customers with an affordable and reliable alternative to the current vehicle charging infrastructure,” Ford said in a statement.
“The success of this first-of-its-kind project is an important step in achieving our goal of providing a global network of EV charging stations.”
The first of several electrified vehicles will be delivered in 2019 and 2020, Ford said.
It is also working with a number of car manufacturers and utilities to help get the chargers up and running.