CAMPBELL, CA - Coulomb Technologies on June 2 said it will deliver free home and public ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for electric vehicles throughout the United States.
The ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5,000 charging stations to program participants in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Texas; Detroit; Los Angeles; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Sacramento, Calif.; the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area in Calif.; Redmond, Wash.; and Washington D.C. The program is a strategic partnership with three leading automobile brands -- Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA.
Coulomb said it currently has the largest established base of networked charging stations worldwide, with more than 700 units shipped to more than 130 customers in 2009. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations for electric vehicles will begin immediately.
The $37 million ChargePoint America program is made possible by a $15 million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy.
ChargePoint charging stations are available now for installation in all nine designated regional metropolitan areas of the U.S. More than 1,000 new public charging stations will be installed by December 2010, adding to the existing ChargePoint Network. The remaining stations will be installed by September 2011.
In support of the ChargePoint America program, three automakers have committed to deliver electric vehicles in designated U.S. regions. The Chevrolet Volt, the Ford Transit Connect Electric and Ford Focus Electric through the "Ford Blue Oval ChargePoint Program," as well as the smart fortwo electric drive, will be introduced along with this program.
"The Obama Administration has set significant and considerable goals for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the coming years," said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "This grant will bring thousands of networked charging stations to nine U.S. regions that are slated to receive the first electric vehicles from our automobile partners. 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."