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June 23, 2010

EV Project Expands To Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; and Chevrolet Volts

Photo of a an electrical power charging device on a pole.

Coulomb Technologies' pole-mounted charging station for electric vehicles is part of the spreading EV infrastructure.
Credit: Coulomb Technologies

The EV Project, under which the Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation will provide free home charging stations and installations for electric vehicles (EV), is expanding to Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C. And while previously limited to Nissan Leaf EVs, the program is also broadening to include Chevrolet Volts, which are extended-range EVs. An additional 1,000 Leaf cars are now included, boosting that number to 5,700 nationwide. The expansion is funded by an additional $15 million grant from DOE, which will be matched by private funds. The EV Project began in October 2009 with a $99.8 million grant from DOE, provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The overall EV Project goal is to create new jobs and cut dependence on fossil fuel by delivering and evaluating nearly 15,000 residential and commercial chargers to 13 cities in five states and the District of Columbia. See the ECOtality press release (PDF 235 KB) and The EV Project Web site. Download Adobe Reader.

The EV Project isn't the only one available for Chevrolet Volts, which General Motors Corporation is expected to start selling later this year. The first buyers of the extended-range electric car are also eligible for one of the 1,800 planned 240-volt charge stations being built through the ChargePoint America project. Sponsored by Coulomb Technologies, the $37 million project is backed by a $15 million DOE grant, provided through the Recovery Act. ChargePoint America is expected to provide 4,600 networked charging stations to homes and public locations by October 2011, adding to the existing ChargePoint Network. The ChargePoint America project will collect data on vehicle use and charging patterns, which will be analyzed by Purdue University and DOE's Idaho National Laboratory. Coulomb announced on June 16 that Orlando, Florida, was the first to install a ChargePoint networked charging station under the program. See the press releases from General Motors Corporation and Coulomb Technologies, as well as the Web sites for the Chevrolet Volt and ChargePoint America.