Ford partners with Coulomb Technologies to provide in-home electric chargers for EV owners

by: Bradley Wint on June 3rd, 2010 at 11:07 am

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Ford has partnered with Coulomb Technologies to provide nearly 5000 ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations to the first few owners of the Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicle. As part of the Ford Blue Oval ChargePoint Program, 9 states in the U.S. were selected for distribution of these chargers including Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, Wash., and Washington D.C. They also stated that installation of these units has already begun.

The Blue Oval ChargePoint Program is part of Coulomb’s $37 million ChargePoint America plan to get more pumps installed nationwide, making it easier to power up electric vehicles. As a result, it would also boost sales for all car makers pushing out EVs. Ford plans to push five new models by 2012 including the Transit Connect Electric, Ford Focus Electric (2011) as well as two next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid-electric vehicles and a plug-in hybrid by 2012.

“Both the ChargePoint America and Ford Blue Oval ChargePoint Programs help build the necessary infrastructure to make the electric vehicle a more viable option for American consumers,” said Sue Cischke, global vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company. “Ford’s electrification strategy focuses on providing real world value to customers with a range of driving behaviors and conditions. These programs and charging stations help us deliver an added value to our future electric vehicle owners.”

The ChargePoint program isn’t limited to Ford though. Coulomb is working on establishing a huge network across North America so access is made easier to both individuals and businesses who need to recharge any type of electric car, whether it be through in-home or public stations.

“ChargePoint America builds upon our established and growing network of charging stations and will in turn encourage consumers to buy electric vehicles,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “Our Department of Energy grant was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill, to provide jobs for Americans. Our products are built and installed with American labor. Every time we ship a ChargePoint charging station, three Americans go to work for a day.”

Can we say goodbye to the fossil fuel pump any time soon? We will see.

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