ChargePoint America offers free equipment
ChargePoint America, an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure development program, is offering free 240-volt Level 2 charging equipment for individuals living in any of their service areas. Those areas include Austin, Boston, Bellevue, WA, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Southern Michigan, and Washington, DC.
In exchange for the free equipment, the beneficiary agrees to provide data back to the program to be evaluated. This program is made available due to a grant from the Department of Energy and information gathered will be used to further the development of future infrastructure. Equipment will be made available at no charge, but installation costs will be borne by the individual receiving the equipment. The equipment will belong to the individual at the end of the program.
Vehicles must be approved for the program (currently the list includes the BMW ActiveE, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric, Ford Transit Connect, Nissan LEAF and smart fortwo electric drive). Not all vehicles will be available for the program in each region. The program site says that quantities are limited, but does not say how many units will be available.