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Funds Available for Electric Vehicle Chargers

Susan Phillips / StateImpactPA

Chevy Volt on display at the 2012 Philadelphia Car Show.

Philadelphia area residents may eligible for free electric car chargers. The Department of Energy’s EV Project began back in 2009 as a public private partnership with ECOtality, a company that builds charger stations. Since then, the project has provided $230 million dollars worth of electric vehicle infrastructure in major metropolitan areas, primarily along the West Coast. On Wednesday, the Department of Energy announced the expansion of the project to include Philadelphia.
Owners of the Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt qualify for the wall mount chargers, as well as installation credits.
“By signing up for a free charger, EV owners can take part in this massive research project that can help reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil,” said Don Karner, Chief Innovation Officer of ECOtality, Inc.  The project now operates in nine states and 21 major metropolitan areas.

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