In my post from this summer about the Nissan LEAF, I mentioned the Transportation Electrification Initiative (TEI) that is funding several companies and programs to spread EV charging stations across the country. This week, the first ChargePoint EV Charging station in the Nation's capital was installed on U Street in downtown Washington, DC.
On the ChargePoint website they state the goals as follows:
ChargePoint America is a program sponsored by Coulomb Technologies to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure to nine selected regions in the United States. The is made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy and the objective is to accelerate the development and production of electric vehicles to substantially reduce petroleum consumption, reduce greenhouse gas production, and create jobs.
It's great to see the first fruits of this new program funded by ARRA dollars and to have it appear on the east coast. It seems like most initiatives involving forward-thinking clean energy programs happen in California or on the west coast. The TEI program is distributed across the nation in cities from the east coast to the midwest and west coast as well.
Let's hope that we get these new EV Charging at a steady clip so we're ready for all of the Electric Vehicles that will hit the streets in 2011. One charging station down; 14,999 to go!