Ford and Coulomb Partner for Free In-Home Charging Stations

American manufacturer Ford announced today it has reached an agreement with Coulomb Technologies in order to provide nearly 5,000 free in-home charging stations for some of the carmaker’s first electric vehicle customers, under the Ford Blue Oval ChargePoint Program.

The initiative will only apply to nine markets, including Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, Wash., and Washington D.C.

According to the partnership, residents here would receive a free ChargePoint Networked Charging Station with the purchase of a Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicle.

“Both the ChargePoint America and Ford Blue Oval ChargePoint Programs help build the necessary infrastructure to make the electric vehicle a more viable option for American consumers,” Sue Cischke, global VP Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering at Ford, said in a release. “Ford’s electrification strategy focuses on providing real world value to customers with a range of driving behaviors and conditions. These programs and charging stations help us deliver an added value to our future electric vehicle owners.”

Ford plans to introduce five new electrified vehicles in North America by 2012, providing a range of products to meet a variety of customer needs. These include:
  • A Transit Connect Electric small commercial van debuting later this year
  • A Ford Focus Electric passenger car debuting in 2011
  • Two next-generation lithium-ion battery hybrid-electric vehicles and a plug-in hybrid by 2012

“ChargePoint America builds upon our established and growing network of charging stations and will in turn encourage consumers to buy electric vehicles,”
said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “Our Department of Energy grant was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill, to provide jobs for Americans. Our products are built and installed with American labor. Every time we ship a ChargePoint charging station, three Americans go to work for a day.”
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