Coulomb to deliver 5,000 car charging stations

Coulomb Technologies of Campbell will deliver nearly 5,000 free home and public electric vehicle charge stations to nine regions in the U.S., funded by a $15 million Department of Energy grant.
The program, called ChargePoint America, is part of a strategic partnership with automakers Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA and is targeting the areas that are slated to receive the first electric vehicles as automakers revv up manufacturing no-emission cars. About one-third of the stations will be in California, spread between Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

About half of the 5,000 will end up in private garages, while the other half will target public parking lots and parking at companies.

These charging stations will build upon our already growing and established network of infrastructure and will accelerate the deployment of public and private charging infrastructure which will in turn encourage consumers to buy electric vehicles, said Richard Lowenthal, Coloumbs CEO.

Other regions slated to receive charging stations include Austin, Texas; Detroit; New York City; Orlando, Fla.; Redmond, Wash.; and Washington DC. More than 1000 new public charging stations will be installed by December 2010, and the remaining stations will be installed by September 2011.

Lowenthal pointed out there is a job component to the program: the technology is developed in America, the stations are assembled in America and every time a station is installed, it puts three people to work for a day.

In support of the ChargePoint America program, the three automakers have committed to deliver electric vehicles in designated US regions. The Chevrolet Volt, the Ford Transit Connect Electric and Ford Focus Electric through the Ford Blue Oval ChargePoint Program, and the smart fortwo electric drive will be introduced along with this program.

ChargePoint America will offer both home and public charging stations to individuals and businesses. Businesses interested in receiving public charging stations should visit the ChargePoint America web site and sign up by completing the reservation form. Individuals interested in purchasing an EV can sign up at www.chargepointamerica.com to receive more information about qualifying to receive a home charging station.

Charging stations owners can set their own prices for charging through the companys billing system, which enables station owners to set pricing as a function of time of day, calendar date, and driver - much like a parking meter. Those same stations can also be configured to provide free access to EV drivers.
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