Philadelphia has become the latest metropolitan area to be included in the public-private EV Project designed to give away Blink home-charging stations to plug-in vehicle drivers of cars like the Leaf and Volt. The car owners will also get an station-installation credit of $400 as part of the project, which also involves local utility company PECO.
The EV Project was launched in 2009 with a $99.8 million dollar grant to ECOtality from the U.S. Department of Energy with the goal of distributing about 14,000 home-charging stations. The Energy Department funded another $15 million for the project in 2010. So far, the EV Project has collected plug-in driving data from more than 33 million miles of electric-powered driving. Ecotality is also offering similar deals in Chicago and Atlanta.