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Company Secured $3 Million in Federal Contracts

350Green executives are charged with fraud over vehicle-charging networks planned for Chicago.

Plug-in vehicle charging stations are still a bit of a rarity here in the United States and, while 400 additional chargers won't make for a nation that's blanketed with the technology, we'll certainly take all the charging points we can get.

The city of Chicago and 350Green have inked a $1.9-million contract that calls for the installation of 280 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2011. 350Green, a developer of plug-in vehicle charging networks, will install 73 DC fast-charge units and 207 Level 2 charging stations throughout Chicago and in the suburbs nearby.

Founded in June of 2008, 350Green, a San Diego, CA-based company, announced plans to install a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations. 350Green will launch its first charger install project in the San Francisco Bay Area. The California-based company looks to install charging stations at urban retail shopping centers and at other high-traffic areas.

Recently, we got an email from a reader named Bernadine asking about apartment dwellers charging their plug-in cars. She wrote: