[ad#post_ad]Having a 240 volt home charging station will allow Volt owners to fully recharge their car from a depleted state in about 3 hours. Though not essential because the car can recharge in 8 hours at standard 120V, the more rapid charging is a convenience.
Thanks to support from the Department of Energy, stemming from the Recovery Act, GM has announced that a total of 4400 Chevrolet Volt customers will eligible to receive free 240 V home chargers.
The first 1800 are coming from Coulomb Technologies and $37 million in grants which was announced earlier this month. Those level 2 stations are earmarked for home use in Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, Wash., and Washington DC.
Today, leading EV charging equipment maker ECOtality, announced it will be able to offer an additional 2600 chargers for Chevrolet Volt customers through a further $30 million grant and an expansion of the EV Project to include Los Angeles and Washington DC.
In August ECOtality announced it had been awarded a $99.8 million DOE grant to be used for the installation of 12,500 level 2 charging systems and 250 level 3 fast charging stations in Phoenix (AZ), Tucson (AZ), San Diego (CA), Portland (OR), Eugene (OR), Salem (OR), Corvallis (OR), Seattle (WA), Nashville (TN), Knoxville (TN) and Chattanooga (TN) to support rollout of the Nissan LEAF.
Today’s announcement updates the arrangement to include GM Volt customers as well as those of Nissan, who will also get an additional 1000 chargers . The additional 2600 chargers will be installed for free in the home of Volt owners. The 240 V chargers are on a 40 amp breaker and offer a nominal 32 amp to the vehicle.
“Many owners will plug their Volt into a normal 120-volt electrical outlet, charge overnight and drive to work in the morning using only battery power,” said Tony DiSalle, Product and Marketing Director for the Chevrolet Volt. “For Volt owners who want to install a faster 240-volt charge station, we expect the Department of Energy project to save $1,000 and $2,000.”
The program will collect data such as average charge time, energy usage and the starting and ending time of the charging process. This data will be analyzed by the U.S. Department of Energy to understand how electric vehicles are driven, how and when they are charged, and ultimately what is required for widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
“In addition to saving money, these projects offer Volt owners an opportunity to play a role in developing our collective understating of electric vehicles in the market,” DiSalle said.
The Coulomb and ECOtality chargers are distinct from the Lear-made Volt-specific chargers shown above that will be sold at Volt dealerships.
The Volt will come with a portable 120 v power cord standard, and buyers will have the option of a 240 Volt charger that can be purchased at dealerships.
Owners who live within the EV Project or Chargepoint America regions may apply for a free charger through Coulomb or ECOtality if they are willing to share their data with the DOE in exchange.
Source (ECOtality) and (GM)