Clean technology firm ECOtality is offering free EV home charging stations in three cities for owners of the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt. The initiative is an extension of The EV Project, a public-private agreement with the Department of Energy to expand the nation’s charging infrastructure in major cities.
Qualified residents in or around Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia will receive a free residential Blink wall mount charger valued at $1,500. In addition, the applicants will also get an installation credit of up to $400. Residents or commercial hosts can get their free charger by applying at http://www.theevproject.com/sign-up.php.
ECOtality is partnering with local energy providers serving the three cities in order to provide the service. Partnering with ECOtality are leading companies including ComEd from Northern Illinois, Georgia Power near Atlanta, and PECO of Pennsylvania.
The program led by ECOtality is made possible by federal government providing money for the company to advance EV technology and collect data from EV users. The EV Project was launched in 2009 with a $99.8 million grant from the Department of Energy to ECOtality, with the primary goal of distributing thousands of electric vehicle home charging stations across the country. In 2010, another $15 million was added to the pot. So far, ECOtality has also collected data from over 33 million miles of electric driving.
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