Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular – and it is a trend that will grow as the vehicles become more convenient to fuel. According to Gartner, battery-powered vehicles will account for 15 to 20 percent of all vehicle sales by the year 2030. Their prediction may reach fruition sooner than later, thanks to developments like those pushed forward by Coulomb Technologies.
Coulomb Technologies, funded by $37 million in grants, is building 4,600 hundred electric-vehicle charging stations in nine U.S. regions. The program, called Chargepoint America, will allow for charging stations to be built in public locations like retail centers or parking lots. A deal with Ford Motor Company, General Motors (News - Alert), and Smart USA enables purchasers of the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect or Ford Focus Electric to receive a home charging station at no cost to themselves (as long as they live within any of the program’s nine target regions.)
Infrastructure issues have plagued the widespread development of electric vehicles, so Chargepoint America’s progress may be incentive for customers to purchase electric vehicles – who may not have otherwise done so.
Vehicles produced by Ford Motors, General Motors, and Smart USA are not the only ones who can use the new service stations. Other electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf and the Dodge Circuit will also benefit from these networks being put into place.