If you live in the Los Angeles, California, area or Washington D.C. and you’re looking for a little added incentive to purchase an electric vehicle, look no further. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored EV Project, like that of rival Coulomb, has been expanded to include free home chargers for qualified new electric vehicle owners, including those who purchase the new Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
The EV Project was created in October of 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA); the program’s expansion will be funded by an additional $30 million U.S. Department of Energy grant extension (including 50% in private matching funds). According to a release, free home chargers will be available to the first 2,600 buyers in these areas to purchase a new Chevy Volt with extended range capabilities, as well as the first 1,000 buyers to purchase the Nissan Leaf.
Ecotality acts as the project manager for The EV Project, which aims to create new jobs, jump-start the economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lessen the country’s dependence on fossil fuel. A partnership between 40 different agencies and organizations, The EV Project will deliver nearly 15,000 residential and commercial chargers to 13 cities in five states and the District of Columbia, starting with the West Coast, Arizona, Tennessee, and D.C. The mission of The EV Project is “to evaluate the use of electric vehicles and charging systems in diverse geographies and climates,” and to use that data in building a foundation for the adoption of electric vehicles nationwide.
We are very excited to expand our studies to include additional Nissan LEAF vehicles, to add the Chevrolet Volt, and to add the dynamic transportation environments of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.,” said ECOtality North America President and CEO Don Karner in a statement. “Since The EV Project began last October, we have been busy working with regional stakeholders to plan an effective charge infrastructure deployment. We will soon be entering a new phase of The EV Project to deploy chargers in accordance with these plans.”