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Ford Focus Electric (Previous Generation)

Ford Transit Connect Electric
ChargePoint Charging Stations to be installed immediately

Ford 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. 

Nine 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.

"We're excited to be in New York, because aside from the Mini E program and the Tesla Roadster, it hasn't seen much EV action," said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "We expect to have great reception there."

Customers 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 the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification administered by the Department of Energy." 

The 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. 

For 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. 

Available charging stations are listed on Both home and public ChargePoint stations will be available to businesses and individuals. 

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Electric is the future
By XZerg on 6/3/2010 1:03:22 PM , Rating: 5
I see Electric is the future for a better tomorrow and no other form. This is because it opens up the door for "energy" generation to be done by any means - oil, solar, hydro, nuclear, ... Thus going green would be switching few hundreds power plants instead of hundreds of millions cars/vehicles in general. With so many portable ways to generate electricity (solar, gas motors, ...), it would be easier to deal with empty charge compared to empty gas tank.

The only concern at the moment is the battery. Creating an high capacity, small form, charge time, cost and environmentally friendly storage. I am less worried about the charge time so long as it is 2-3 hours and if the form is simple enough to allow quick swap at a station similar to filling up gas tank at a station.

RE: Electric is the future
By inperfectdarkness on 6/3/2010 1:10:52 PM , Rating: 2
we don't need to worry about charge time.

what we need is a universal standard for batteries, and a uniform rollout of service charging stations which can swap batteries. the technology already exists. there was an article about it on here not that long ago.

once that's in place, internal combustion powered automobiles can go the way of the dodo for all i care.

By therealnickdanger on 6/4/2010 9:05:47 AM , Rating: 2
I just want a standard plug in the wall... 15 minute charge time... and a 500 mile range. 2040, here I come!

RE: Electric is the future
By dusteater on 6/4/2010 4:09:58 PM , Rating: 3
The problem with battery swap stations is that batteries degrade over their lifetime. I don't want to go get my battery swapped with one that is not working so well.

And this remains the issue with electric cars. The battery. We have electric motors that are great, we have efficient nuclear power production, but the problem always comes down to the battery. I just don't see EV's being viable for the mainstream until we have a better energy storage technology.

RE: Electric is the future
By Dr of crap on 6/3/2010 1:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry battery power is not the NEAR future. Maybe in 50 years.
I'm not saying that there aren't some who could use these, but to go all out and say that the electric car is the winner is crap.
The internal combustino engine will be king for your lifetime.
After gasoline, then we'll be using compressed natrual gas as fuel.
And we also should be making home produced hydrogen to genereate our own electricity, and also using in our fuel cell cars. These would be head and shoulders above battery powered cars!

RE: Electric is the future
By XZerg on 6/3/2010 3:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
It should be feasible in next 10-15 years, not too long. The gas cars will still be king of the hill until 30 years or so but they are on their way out.

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. Also the battery wear or weather would drop that distance too.

Hear is to wishing nanotubes deliver the promise many companies are exciting us about.

RE: Electric is the future
By Spuke on 6/3/2010 6:50:31 PM , Rating: 3
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.
Which current EV's have a 100 mile range? I must have missed some new car ads.

RE: Electric is the future
By roadhog1974 on 6/7/2010 6:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
my daily commute is 20km.
a large commute day might hit 100km.

100 mile daily commute? would rather dump another $100,000
on the mortgage and live closer.

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