I'm not sure if anyone here heard about the EVProject coming to Philadelphia. To announce it, they put a separate posting under the Eastern USA section as opposed to adding to this thread. I found out about it because one of my friends sent me the following article from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Posted: Thu, Aug. 2, 2012, 3:01 AM
ECOtality offers free electric-car-charging stations
By Andrew Maykuth
Inquirer Staff Writer
A California company, infused with millions of federal dollars, is offering to install free charging stations in the homes of some Philadelphia-area owners of electric vehicles.
In return, it wants your data.
ECOtality Inc. announced Wednesday that it was expanding its federally funded EV Project to Philadelphia, as well as Atlanta and Chicago. The two-year-old project, which is now in seven states, is aimed at developing the infrastructure to support the electric-vehicle market, while also gathering data on how EVs are being used and recharged.
Each program participant gets a free, wall-mounted charger valued at $1,500 and a $400 credit toward installation. It's available only to owners of Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts, because those vehicles are equipped with communications equipment that transmits driving data to the company.
"Now, people interested in electric transportation in the Philadelphia region can join the EV Project and help us build a nationwide network of electric-vehicle-charging stations," said Don Karner, chief innovation officer of ECOtality, which is based in San Francisco. It also is recruiting commercial partners to host the charging stations.
ECOtality received $115 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants in 2009 and 2010, part of the Obama administration's push to stimulate green-energy projects. The grants finance about half the EV Project's cost.
ECOtality's federal funding has become the target of Mitt Romney's campaign, which has likened it to Obama's support of solar-manufacturer Solyndra before it went bankrupt.
The negative publicity has not helped ECOtality's stock price, which closed Wednesday in NASDAQ trading at 49 cents a share, down 92 percent since it went public last year at $6.40 a share.
Karner said the company was being unfairly tarnished during the "political silly season" and maintained that the "project is viable and vibrant."
The rollout of charging infrastructure is one of the obstacles holding back the EV market, along with the cost of the vehicles and their limited range.
There is no shortage of competitors to ECOtality that are building out networks: General Electric; Coulomb Technologies; Better Place; and NRG Energy of Princeton, which operates the eVgo Network. Philadelphia entrepreneur Norman Zarwin also is building out a local network under the U-Go brand name.
ECOtality calls its system the Blink Network, which is connected to the Internet and allows customers to remotely schedule charging via mobile devices. In areas where hourly electric rates are in effect - next year for Peco Co. customers - the charger can also determine the best times and rates available for charging.
Customers who get the free ECOtality residential-recharging stations will have the option to join the Blink Network and pay a fee to use the company's high-speed public charging stations, which are now limited in Philadelphia to two Center City parking garages and Temple University.
In other parts of the country, ECOtality has established partnerships with businesses such as Best Buy, Ikea, Macy's, Sears, and Wal-Mart to host its chargers.
For more information on the program, visit http://www.theEVproject.com
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Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/2 ... z22OReeiuQ
I went to their website and signed up (since I'm just using an evseupgrade). I'll post more details here if I hear anything back from them.
BTW, I posted on a different thread that a deer ran into my car and smashed the rear door and quarter panel. State Farm estimates the repairs to cost about $3,800 with replacement of the door skin and the rear quarter panel. I picked a repair shop approved by State Farm since State Farm will guarantee the repairs, but I still don't have a warm and fuzzy that they know what they're up against with a giant pack of Lithium Ion batteries right next to a chunk of steel that they're going to be cutting out and re-welding.
Has anyone else here in the local area had bodywork done on their car yet?
Let me know; my car is scheduled to go under the knife on August 15th.