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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.

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.

Coulomb Technologies opened its first public electric vehicle charging station in Manhattan this week as part of the ChargePoint America program. Under a Department of Energy-funded program, Coulomb and other charging station manufacturers are installing thousands of outlets in cities around the United States. The new Manhattan station has been installed in an Edison Properties parking garage – and it will have a valet to perform the charges.

If you happen to reside in Los Angeles, Sacramento or along the stretch of road that extends between San Francisco and San Jose, California, then you're in luck and boy are we envious of you. Coulomb Technologies has announced that it received a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to install 1,600 of its CharegPoint Networked home and public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the aforementioned areas.

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