Motor Company along with newly announced partner Coulomb
Technologies, an electric vehicle infrastructure company, will be
presenting approximately 5,000 in-home charging stations free
of cost to some of the first electric vehicle (EV) owners in
the United States.
markets were chosen by Coulomb Technologies to receive
ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations, which "deliver
controlled power to effectively and efficiently charge electric
vehicles." The nine markets are Detroit, Orlando, New York,
Washington D.C., Austin, Redmond, Los Angeles, Sacramento and the San
Jose/San Francisco Bay Area.
excited to be in New York, because aside from the Mini E program and
Roadster, it hasn't seen much EV action," said Richard
Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "We expect to have great
located in these nine markets are able to receive ChargePoint
Charging Stations with any purchase of a Ford Transit Connect EV
through the Ford
Blue Oval ChargePoint Program, which helps "ensure customers
receive a best-in-class retail experience at Ford dealerships."
The program is part of a $37 million ChargePoint America charging
station infrastructure project by Coulomb Technologies. In addition,
this project is made possible by a "$15 million grant funded by
Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation
Electrification administered by the Department
ChargePoint charging stations will be available to all plug-in
EV drivers. Those who miss out on the free chargers can use a
public ChargePoint station by calling the toll-free, 24/7 phone
number on each charging station, or by getting a ChargePass smart
card through the ChargePoint monthly access plan.
its part, Ford plans to introduce five new EV's by 2012 in North
America, including a Transit
Connect Electric van due out the end of this year, a Ford
Focus Electric passenger car to be released in 2011, a plug- in
hybrid and two next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid-electric
vehicles which are set to debut in 2012.
charging stations are listed on mychargepoint.net.
Both home and public ChargePoint stations will be available to
businesses and individuals.
quote: As long as the car makers can hit 200+ miles distance, many will be very much tempted. Current's 100 miles is too close to most people's normal commute preventing chores before getting home.
quote: Still, why has this technology not been made mainstream?