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Woodinville is First Church in US to Provide ChargePoint Public Electric Car Charging Station

published: 2010-10-26 16:27

Coulomb Technologies announced the first US church installation, Woodinville’s Wooden Cross Lutheran, of a ChargePoint® Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles (EVs).

The installation is part of Coulomb’s $37M ChargePoint America program offering thousands of free EV charging stations for public and home charging to individuals and businesses. Coulomb is working with vehicle program partners Ford and Chevrolet, each of whom has announced plans to introduce EVs in Washington in the coming months. Installation of the charging station was done by Coulomb’s distributor Charge Northwest. Wooden Cross Lutheran Church will host an event open to the public at their facilities at 17401 198th Av NE, Woodinville WA. The celebration takes place on Saturday, October 23rd and will start at 11:00am.

US and state congressmen and senators as well as representatives from Woodinville City Council will be in attendance and make brief comments to start the festivities. Auto manufacturers will have electric vehicles on display and hands-on charging station demonstrations will be performed. Information booths from local “clean and green” organizations will be staged as part of the “Plug-in Woodinville” event including Puget Sound Solar who provided the installation of the ChargePoint CT2100 (dual Level I and II) charging station.

The Lutheran Church will provide free food, beverages and desserts for all attendees of the celebration. Wooden Cross Pastor Woody Carlson said, “We’re excited to be part of this. Driving electric cars is a great way to better care for our planet, and that is very important to us at Wooden Cross Lutheran.”

US Congressman Jay Inslee said “It has been a long time coming, but we can now see the beginning of a future transportation system that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil, create American jobs and help the planet. I am very proud that the people in the district I have the honor of representing are taking the lead in this effort”.

Dan Davids, President of Plug-in-America, said, “just a couple of weeks ago, the Chevrolet Volt was here at Wooden Cross kicking off its US tour and making history by using this ChargePoint public charging facility as the first time the Volt has used a public Level II charging station to charge its battery. It’s very gratifying to see these major automobile companies bring plug-in electric cars to the mass market and to have organizations like Wooden Cross Lutheran Church provide publically accessible charging infrastructure”.

Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program will provide 4,600 charging stations in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Bellevue/Redmond, Wash., and Washington DC and is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and three leading automobile brands: Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA. Coulomb currently has the largest established base of networked charging stations worldwide with more than 850 units shipped to more than 200 customers. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations is underway now in all nine regions.

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