With the Chevy Volt now rolling off assembly lines and Nissan’s Leaf not far behind, drivers will soon be foregoing the pump for the charge. Last week, WMEAC’s headquarters at 1007 Lake Drive became the first location in Grand Rapids to receive an electric vehicle charging through the ChargePoint America program. The stations allow drivers to charge up free of charge.
ChargePoint America is a program that will provide the free hardware, network, and associated software for various charging locations throughout nine regions nationwide, including West Michigan. The program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Energy and encompasses the goals of promoting electric vehicles to help reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas production while creating jobs.
Fifty charging stations are in the works for Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Rapids. Meijer is also installing the stations at its stores, including two currently in place in Holland.
—By Ella Vandervlugt