The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid due out later this year has one problem that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongues: where do I plug in my car if I’m out on the town or live in an apartment building? Besides carrying a 100 mile-long spool of extension cord, a Silicon Valley company has a better solution. Coulomb Technologies is working with Ford, GM, and Smart to giveaway 4,600 ChargePoint Network charging stations for public and home use for free.
The ChargePoint America program is being partly funded by a $15 million grant from the Department of Energy. Nine cities will take part in getting the charging stations: Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, and Washington D.C. About half of the charging stations will be installed in public areas and the rest will be given to new owners who buy a Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect EV, or a Smart EV for home use. Coulomb Technologies hopes to install a thousand chargers by the end of this year and the remaining 3,600 by 2011.
Click past the break for the full press release.[Source: Autotopia, Engadget]