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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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availability of chargers
By DanNeely on 6/3/2010 1:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
"Both home and public ChargePoint stations will be available to businesses and individuals. " Does this mean that anyone who accepts one of these free charges will have to let anyone else who signs up with ChargePoint onto their property to recharge a car?

RE: availability of chargers
By Brandon Hill on 6/3/2010 1:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
I take it to mean:

The 5,000 free chargers are available to business and public customers
The public ChargePoint stations are available for businesses and public customers to use

RE: availability of chargers
By knutjb on 6/3/2010 3:37:46 PM , Rating: 2
They are providing the stations but the sparks will not be free. I don't know if the stations track usage but if they don't I don't see free usage if that is the case.

I think those markets were chosen for the expected vehicle use, i.e. Transit Delivery can function without fear of running dry, the power grid can handle the projected load, and the dealers AND consumers are open to the idea of such vehicles.

Ford has been working with power suppliers for several years to make sure they [Ford] will receive support to ensure their vehicles success.

The Transit looks to be a successful vehicle if its range is based on real world use not it does 70 miles in the lab @ 70 degrees F in the test lab. That variable has been a turn off for many business customers interested in electric vehicles. If it can't go the distance it's a waste of capital. You can't go get a gallon of sparks to get it back to a charging station combined with the long recharge times. That is one major reason electrics can only fit a niche market. Though that might become a new market if they take off in large numbers.

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