Here come the charging stations! Last Thursday, September 2, Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint America program unveiled its first networked charging station in Michigan, at NextEnergy just outside of Detroit. It is the first of hundreds of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that will be installed throughout Southern Michigan as a part of a $37 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Coulomb is working with Ford, General Motors and smart USA, all of whom have announced plans to introduce EVs in Southern Michigan in the coming months.
Right now Business and municipalities in Michigan from Grand Rapids to Lansing to Ann Arbor to Detroit should apply online to own these free charging stations.
If you are a business owner or municipality located in Southern Michigan and would like to apply for a free ChargePoint America Networked Charging Station, fill out an online application now because the EVs are coming!
The more than 80 people who attended the press conference were joined by United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, Coulomb CEO Richard Lowenthal, NextEnergy CEO Ronald J. Gardhouse and Director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Andy Levin. Senator Stabenow was the first person to plug in an EV in the State of Michigan. She commented,
“Thanks to strong private-public partnerships, Michigan companies are creating jobs and leading the country in the development of electric vehicles and the advanced batteries that power them. Now Coulomb Technologies has unveiled the first of hundreds of ChargePoint America stations across the state here at NextEnergy, which was made possible by the Recovery Act. These stations will make it easier for drivers to charge their electric vehicles as we continue to build these new vehicles here in Michigan.”
For more information:
- Official Coulomb Press Release: http://chargepointamerica.com/pr/pr-20100902.php
- Watch Click on Detroit’s Video Coverage: http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/24860786/index.html
- Read more about the event from cnet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20015436-54.html