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Ford to offer free charging stations for Transit Connect owners

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Ford to offer free charging stations for Transit Connect owners

BY BRENT SNAVELY

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Ford said today it is partnering with Coulomb Technologies, one of the nation’s leading infrastructure providers for electric vehicles, to provide free charging stations to nearly 4,600 of its first electric vehicle customers.

Under the program, residents, businesses and municipalities in nine designated markets could receive a free charging station with the purchase of a Ford Transit Connect Electric van.

The nine markets designated by Coulomb Technologies include: Austin, Texas; Detroit; Los Angeles; New York; Orlando; Sacramento, Calif.; the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, Wash., and Washington, D.C.

Although the Transit Connect Electric commercial van doesn’t officially go on sale until later this year, customers can preorder the vehicle and installation of the charging stations can begin immediately, said Ford sustainability manger Mike Tinskey.

Ford plans to offer the hardware for about 2,000 charging stations to consumers for free while the hardware for 2,600 charging stations will be available to municipalities and for other public locations.

On average, the hardware would cost about $1,000 for the typical home, Tinskey said. While homeowners could recharge the Transit Connect Electric van in a standard electrical outlet, the Coulomb charging station greatly reduces the recharging time.

The program is part of Coulomb Technologies’ $37-million project that was made possible by a $15-million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus bill.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100602/BUSINESS01/100602027/1210/Ford-to-offer-free-charging-stations-for-Transit-Connect-owners

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