WOODINVILLE, WA - A new ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles has been installed at Wooden Cross Lutheran Church in Woodinville, Wash. 

The installation is part of Coulomb Technologies' $37 million ChargePoint America program offering thousands of free EV charging stations for public and home charging. Puget Sound Solar and Coulomb distributor Charge Northwest provided the installation of the ChargePoint CT2100 (dual Level I and II) charging station. 

Wooden Cross Lutheran Church hosted an event celebrating the charging station installation on Saturday, Oct. 23. The celebration, which also drew politicians and representatives from the automakers, included electric vehicles on display. 

"It has been a long time coming, but we can now see the beginning of a future transportation system that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil, create American jobs and help the planet," said Congressman Jay Inslee. "I am very proud that the people in the district I have the honor of representing are taking the lead in this effort." 

Dan Davids, president of EV advocacy group Plug-in-America, added: "Just a couple of weeks ago, the Chevrolet Volt was here at Wooden Cross kicking off its U.S. tour and making history by using this ChargePoint public charging facility as the first time the Volt has used a public Level II charging station to charge its battery. It's very gratifying to see these major automobile companies bring plug-in electric cars to the mass market and to have organizations like Wooden Cross Lutheran Church provide publicly accessible charging infrastructure." 

Coulomb's ChargePoint America program will provide 4,600 charging stations 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; Bellevue/Redmond, Wash.; and Washington D.C. The program is a strategic partnership among Coulomb and three leading automobile brands: Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA. 

The $37 million ChargePoint America program was 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 America will provide 4,600 public and home ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations by October 2011, adding to the existing ChargePoint Network.