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Two of the largest US makers of plug-in vehicle charging systems are embarking on a cooperative effort that certainly fits the stereotypical "peace and love" vibe sometimes associated with the green-car movement.

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Owners of public electric-vehicle charging stations would do well to bill their customers about a $1 per hour. That's the rate where they can make money but won't make EV drivers feel gouged, according to the Christian Science Monitor reports, citing several members of the EV charging station industry.

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Like patrons at the end of a long night, automakers and charging companies can sometimes be seen leaving the bar arm in arm. Coda with Mr. Electric. Holden with Better Place. Nissan with GE. Smart USA with Coulomb. Toyota with Leviton. BMW with AeroVironment.

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Well, at least there was that gas tank to fall back on.

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Coulomb Technologies' big news at EVS26 was a collaboration with Fuji Electric Corporation of America to add Fuji's 25-kW DC Quick Charging Stations into the ChargePoint Network. In fact, the very first such charger on the network was sitting there in the booth, and actual deployment in the U.S. is scheduled for later this year. Coulomb is already neck-deep in actual deployments of electric vehicle charging stations: more that 6,300 non-residential stations are online now and Coulomb says that a

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Coulomb Technologies, which in 2010 set out to install 4,500 electric-vehicle charging stations throughout 10 U.S. regions as part of a U.S. Department of Energy Department (DOE) plan, has shipped more than 2,400 public and commercial stations and is finalizing the installation of the commercial stations earmarked by the DOE in its ChargePoint America program.

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Ready to take your all-electric car on a road trip? If you're headed along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 2013 might just be your year. The plan is to install EV charging stations in all 17 of the service plazas along the highway by June 30 of that year. Each plaza will get one Level 2 charging stations and two DC fast chargers, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Kevin Sunday told Essential Public Radio. The first stations will be put in in the spring of 2012.

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According to the latest Pike Pulse report, two electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) companies stand out among the competition in strategy and execution: Coulomb Technologies and Ecotality, with one above the other.

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Last Friday, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that to date, more than 1,800 plug-in vehicle charging stations have been installed under the Recovery Act's $400-million Transportation Electrification Initiative. Coulomb Technologies, ECOtality, General Motors and others have installed charging stations as part of the Administration's massive investments in electric vehicles.

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In honor of Earth Day 2011, Coulomb Technologies has announced that it will send free ChargePass cards to plug-in vehicle owners through the end of April 2011, waving the usual sign-up fee. According to Coulomb, by creating a ChargePass account and activating the free card, plug-in vehicle drivers will have access to the world's largest network of charging stations.

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Hire Electric's solar charging station in Richland, WA

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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), makers of some mighty fine computer processors, recently installed three Coulomb ChargePoint stations at its offices in the city of Austin, TX. Though no AMD employee at the Austin "Lone Star" complex currently drives a plug-in vehicle, several have expressed an interest in buying one soon. To entice its workers to consider a battery-powered ride, AMD has vowed to foot the bill associated with charging up any employee's plug-in vehicle.

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Early last week, Coulomb Technologies unveiled its first installation of an electric-vehicle charging station in the Washington, D.C area. This unit, located at the Franklin D. Reeves Center in the northwest section of the city, is one of many that Coulomb plans to install in the nation's capital.

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Church is no longer just a place to worship or congregate. Sure, you can still do those at most churches, but one place of worship in Washington state is now an ideal site for charging something other than your spiritual batteries: your electric vehicle. Woodinville Wooden Cross Lutheran was selected as the first U.S. church to receive a free Coulomb charging station under the ChargePoint America program.

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Coulomb Technologies, along with partner Aker Wade Power Technologies, is now taking orders for the ChargePoint CT3000 networked DC fast-charge stations. Deliveries of the CT3000 will commence early next year. The CT3000 offers the convenience of 30-minute charging and is designed to accommodate the proposed CHAdeMO standard, which supplies up to 62.5 kilowatts of DC power through its specialized connector.

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Sure, some cities across the U.S. have one or perhaps two plug-in vehicle chargers, but how

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By October 2011, the ChargePoint America program, assisted by Coulomb Technologies, is expected to complete installation of 4,600 free public and home charging stations funded by a $15-million grant from the U.S. government. The chargers will appear in nine regions across the U.S.: Austin, TX, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, FL, Sacramento, CA, the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Bellevue/Redmond, WA, and Washington D.C.

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Coulomb Technologies announced that its CT500 Level II (208-240 volts at 30 amps) residential charging station is now available for purchase. The CT500 is a single-output, 7.2-kilowatt charging station featuring the J1772 plug-in connection and networking capabilities.

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