First US Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens in New York
On Wednesday, July 14th, the nation's first electric vehicle charging station opened in New York City, in a ceremony attended by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The ChargePoint charging station, installed by San Jose-based Coulomb Technologies, is the first of 4,600 electric vehicle charging stations that the company plans to install in nine major American cities by 2011.
This $37 million project, partially financed by a $15 million Department of Energy grant, is Coulomb Technologies' attempt to facilitate and capitalize upon the boom in electric vehicle sales expected later this year and into 2011, as several car manufacturers release their own electric vehicles to compete with the Tesla Roadster. The ChargePoint charging stations will make owning an electric vehicle far more convenient and practical, although completely reviving an empty battery at one of Coulomb's ChargePoint stations will take approximately four hours.
To use the ChargePoint charging stations, Coulomb is requiring electric vehicle owners to sign up online; they are then billed electronically for the energy they use. Coulomb expects to have many more ChargePoint charging stations installed very soon and has already developed an iPhone app that electric vehicle owners can use to locate nearby vacant charging stations.