Installation of EV charging stations is all the rage right now, as the Department of Energy, state governments, and private industry team up to place thousands of stations in designated locales around the country.
The New York Times reports that a federal grant could make it easier for communities and consumers to get started with EVs. Nine regions around the U.S. will receive 4,600 free chargers through a program called ChargePoint America, funded in part by $15 million from the U. S. Department of Energy. Coulomb Technologies will make the ChargePoint chargers, which will be placed in Detroit, New York, Orlando, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Sacramento, Austin, TX, Redmond, WA, and cities around San Francisco.
The ChargePoint America program is expected to cost $37 million. Organizers hope to fund the rest of the program with state and local grants.
At the same time, the Los Angeles Times reports that AeroVironment, Inc. will build 60 to 100 recharging stations for EVs in seven South Carolina cities, as part of a contract sponsored by the state’s utilities.