California has a well-deserved reputation as an early-adopter on sustainable technology and infrastructure. Now, the Golden State is embracing electric vehicles with a $3,417,000 grant to establish a network of charging stations in select metro areas.
Coulomb Technologies, the recipient of this grant, awarded through the California Energy Commission through matching funds, has committed to bringing $12 million worth of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to California. The project will will see a network of ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for electric vehicles installed throughout three California metro regions: Los Angeles, Sacramento and the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area. These installations will help to realize Coulomb’s recently announced $37 million program–known as ChargePoint America–intended to bring nearly 5,000 public and home charging stations to nine regions throughout the United States.
Working in consort with Coulomb and its ChargePoint network will be Chevrolet and Ford, which plan to roll-out the Chevrolet Volt, the Ford Transit Connect Electric and Ford Focus Electric, among others, in these same nine regions. ChargePoint America will also be offering home and public charging stations for individuals and businesses. Businesses interested in receiving public charging stations are invited to visit the ChargePoint America web site and complete an application form; individuals interested in purchasing an EV can sign up at on the same web site to receive more information about qualifying for a free (or reduced price) home charging station. The website also allows users to suggest locations for new charging stations.
“Electric vehicles are one of the most exciting green technologies on the market and a vital part of California’s developing clean energy economy,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a statement. Energy Commissioner Jeffrey Byron echoed the sentiment, also in a statement: “As a leader in alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology, California continues to show the nation bold creativity, innovation, and economic know-how.”