Cities across the country are beneficiaries of a $37 million ChargePoint America program to provide free electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of an effort to increase the EV support infrastructure.
ChargePoint America is a partnership between Coulomb Technologies, Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA. The $37 million program is assisted by $15 million in U.S. Department of Energy funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Transportation Electrification Initiative.
ChargePoint America will provide 4,600 Level II (220-240 volts) public and private ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations by the end of the year to program participants in Austin, Texas; Detroit, Mich; Los Angeles, Calif.; New York, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Jose and San Francisco, Calif.; Redmond, Wash.; and Washington, D.C.
In addition to providing public charging stations located in city centers and other strategic points, owners of EVs purchased from Chevrolet, Ford or smart USA, who reside within one of these nine target locations, are also qualified to receive a free home charging station with no installation cost.
Businesses within the nine target regions are also eligible to receive the free charging stations but must visit the ChargePoint America Web site, www.chargepointamerica.com, and sign up by completing an application. EV drivers are also able to suggest public locations for charging stations when visiting the Web site.
Events are being held throughout the summer to unveil the new charging stations. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the first two ChargePoint America stations were installed at the McEnery Convention Center Parking Center. Mayor Chuck Reed and representatives from Coulomb Technologies, Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA were present for the unveiling.
“The installation of San Jose’s first ChargePoint America station is an important step forward in our efforts to make the Bay Area the Electric Vehicle Capital of America,” said Mayor Chuck Reed.
“Coulomb’s first customer was the City of San Jose and we’re pleased to be back, both to welcome the electric vehicle transformation to Silicon Valley and also to bring jobs to install and maintain electric vehicle infrastructure,” added Richard Lowenthal CEO of Coulomb Technologies.
The first station in the New York City area was installed at the Edison Properties garage. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was present along with Lowenthal and representatives from the other ChargePoint America partners.
“To meet the ambitious goals in PlaNYC, our long-term sustainability agenda, we will have to reduce transportation emissions by taking mass transit, walking or riding a bike, and increasing the use of alternative-fuel and electric vehicles,” said Bloomberg. “Coulomb Technologies and the ChargePoint America program will help us support a new type of vehicle on city streets, so we can reduce pollution and emissions in the most efficient way.”
Lowenthal discussed the economic and environmental impacts the EV charging stations will have on the Big Apple.
“New York will be one of the first cities ready for electric vehicles when the automakers roll them out in the coming months,” he noted. “Installing these stations will impact the city in several ways. First, it will provide jobs to plan and install ChargePoint charging stations around the city. Second, it will reduce carbon emissions here. And third, it will give New Yorkers the opportunity to choose a vehicle that reduces our dependence on oil.”
Some of the features of Coulomb’s ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations include charging status by text messaging or email notification, smart phone apps to locate unoccupied charging stations, authenticated access to eliminate energy theft, authorized energizing for safety, a billing system for those station owners who want drivers to pay for charging and Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future vehicle-to-grid capabilities.