The Car Charging Group of Miami is planning to install their charging stations next May in New York and Florida. The test project targets malls, condominium complexes, office parks, and public parking garages as potential service locations. The stations will be free for the hosting locations and revenue will be shared. The project will use Coulomb Technologies charging station technology.
Coulomb Technologies has already started rolling out their Chargepoint America program starting in Florida. The $37 million program includes plans for approximately 5,000 stations in nine major metropolitan including Austin, Texas; Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; the Bellevue and Redmond areas in Washington state; and Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile Ecotality reports installing 400 charging stations for on-road vehicles and over 5,000 for other uses such as airport and marine uses. the company offers several different systems with varying charging characteristics.
Ecotality has also been awarded a contract to develop 11,000 charging stations in 11 major cities. Initial locations include Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; San Diego, CA; Portland, OR; Eugene, OR; Corvallis, OR; Seattle, WA; Nashville, TN and Chattanooga, TN. The Department of Energy funded project will include:
- 14,650 Level 2 (220V) Chargers
- 310 DC Fast-Chargers
- 5,700 Nissan LEAF Cars
- 2,600 Chevrolet Volt Cars
Some chargers are expected to be in place by the end of this year. The project will be evaluated after two years. Learn more: Gatomotorutilityvehicles.com
Sunpods of San Jose, CA offers a solar powered charging station that is mobile. Learn more: Greentech Patures blog
Japan based JFE Engineering claims to have developed a fast charger that can recharge a vehicle to 50% in 3 minutes or 70% in five minutes. The company has tested their product with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and expects to have chargers in the market in march 2011 in Japan. At a cost of $60,000 or twice as much for the more expensive version, the company is targeting gas stations and convenience stores. Learn more: Crunchgear.com
As part of a Department of Energy funding award The Forest Foundation and Triangle Clean Cities Coalition recently received over $12 million in Green Jobs Funding part of which will be used for installing 132 electric vehicle charging stations in the Carolinas. In addition, 56 NEVs will be purchased as part of the initiative. Learn more: Communitysustainableenergy.org
Evatrans Plugless Power charging station
Evatrans is developing a wireless charging station product named Plugless Power. The charger uses electromagnetic induction to deliver power to an electric vehicle’s battery within its proximity. The station consists of a model-specific vehicle adapter that’s mounted onto the car and a charging station with a floor-mounted magnetic charging block close to where the driver parks. The system is 10% less efficient than typical wire and plug systems according to the company. In test trials near Evatrans headquarters in Wytheville, Va., a Zenn LSV cost $1.43 to charge up. Learn more: CNET.com