ChargePoint America’s free home and public electric vehicle charging stations will be deployed by Coulomb Technologies as part of an accelerated project within a government initiative. The project plan is targeting installation of over a thousand charging stations by year end and the balance by the third quarter of 2011.
… “The ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5000 charging stations to program participants in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, Wash., and Washington DC and is a strategic partnership with three leading automobile brands including, Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA.” …
Via Coulomb Technologies: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (Link).
The electric vehicle charging infrastructure is being funded by the Dept of Energy’s Transportation Electrification Initiative . The charging stations will be deployed in the nine targeted metropolitan areas of the US.
Businesses can apply for a public charging station here.
Individuals can apply for a home charging station here.
The general public can recommend a public charging station be installed at specific locations.
ChargePoint is ready for tracking by iPhone users (iPhone App).
Technology behind the charging stations is integrated to drive efficiency into the electric vehicle infrastructure. RFID cards will support quick payments and processing. SMS and email will notify owners when charge is complete through the Chargepoint Network. Smart grid integration will optimize the charging load to get best pricing.
ChargePoint America will provide 4,600 public and private ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations by October 2011. What do the levels mean?: The level of the charging refers to the voltage used by the charging station. In the US, standard outlets are at 110 – 120 volts. All Level I charging is done at this voltage.