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Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The government foots the bill to encourage EV sales.

In an attempt to promote electric vehicles, a federally funded program will give away 4,600 charging stations to electric car buyers and business owners in nine metropolitan areas across the country, according to Coulomb Technologies, the Campbell, CA-based company that will provide the stations.

About 2000 of the charging stations will be installed in homes, where they can cut charging times in half compared to just plugging a car into a standard 110 volt outlet. The rest will be given to business owners for public charging stations. The business owners can use them to turn a profit via a payment system. Although the charging stations are free–paid for by a $15 million grant from last year’s Recovery Act–owners will have to pay for installation.

To sign up or get more information about the charging stations, go to the ChargePoint America website here. The systems will be available in Austin, TX, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, FL., Sacramento, CA., the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, WA, and Washington DC.

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