Electric vehicle charging infrastructure for nine U.S. regions


Richard Lowenthal,
CEO, Coulomb
Campbell, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 4, 2010 – Some 4,600 free home and public electric vehicle charging stations are to be provided in nine regions across the United States by Coulomb Technologies in a partnership with Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA.

The nine regions are Austin, Texas, Detroit, Michigan, Los Angeles, Sacramento and the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area in California, New York, Orlando, Florida, Redmond, Washington, and Washington DC. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations for will begin immediately.

The $37 million ChargePoint America program is being supported by a $15 million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy.

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 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.

“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 US regions that are slated to receive the first electric vehicles from our automobile partners.”

ChargePoint Network stations are network-enabled, capable of reporting energy usage and communicating over the network with software application and network support services.

The ChargePoint America project will collect data characterizing vehicle use and charging patterns, which will be analyzed by Purdue University and Idaho National Labs.