Google is trying to prove it’s more than just another pretty browser face while gaining “green” street cred. The search engine giant has deployed more than 70 electric vehicle charging stations at its worldwide headquarters in Mountain View, California.
California is expected to be the United States’ leader in electric car drivers. While good for the state’s environment, California utilities need to implement strategies that accommodate the power needs of communities identified as potential EV strongholds such as Berkeley, Santa Monica and San Diego. The concern is that an overload of neighborhood transformers could trigger local blackouts.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has expanded ECOtality’s EV Project to include Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In addition, the project will also offer free home chargers to qualified new owners of Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capability and an additional 1,000 Nissan LEAF zero-emission cars. The expansion of the EV Project is funded by a $30 million DOE grant extension which includes $15 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding which will be matched by private funds.
ClipperCreek has begun delivery of the only UL listed, fully SAE compliant charging stations on the market. The ClipperCreek CS-40 charge stations, which have a 30 Amp charge rate, have been tested and meet the requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC625) and SAE-J1772, a North American standard for electrical connectors for EV’s maintained by the Society of Automotive Engineers,. The CS-40 units also include a universal standard electronic interface and connector, making the CS-40 compatible with all major automaker electric vehicles, including Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion BEV and all EV vehicles coming from major automakers.