Electric charging station company Coulomb Technologies recently unveiled two new charging units in Albuquerque, N.M., making the city the first in the state to have public stations available for electric vehicle owners.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry praised the new green installation and said the two charging stations, located in parking spaces in the heart of the downtown area, would be free for anyone to use for at least six months under a trial program.
According to at least one study, Coulomb is one the leaders in electric car infrastructure. The company is aiming to have over 4,000 units installed across America by the end of this year, a goal partially funded by a $15 million grant from the Department of Energy. Called ChargePoint America, the program is similar to Ecotality’s EV Project, which received $115 million from the federal government in return for the the promise of installing 14,000 units.
Coulomb has released some consumer-friendly perks, such as the ability to reserve charging stations, should a drive want to plan out a longer trip, and an iPhone app that can locate available charging locations in the area.