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Car Power Charger Stations

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On the road- here are links to find Car Charging stations while you are away from home-Here and Here.

About Car Chargeing stations:

Initially, the installation of electric car charging stations at home will be part and parcel of the EV buying process—meaning you won't be able to do one without the other. While Chevy Volt owners will be able to get away with charging their cars off of a standard 110V wall outlet, Nissan LEAF customers will only be able to buy a LEAF if they've either completed the installation of a home charging unit from Nissan's exclusive contractor, AeroVironment, or signed a waiver with Nissan certifying that they've installed their own charging equipment.

The difference comes down to the size of the battery pack. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid (or extended range electric vehicle, as GM prefers to call it) with a small battery pack, whereas the LEAF is a pure electric with a battery pack that is, effectively, 2-3 times the size of the Volt's (the Volt has a 16 kWh battery pack but only ever uses 8 kW of it; the Nissan LEAF has a 24 kWh battery pack, but will likely only use between 80-90% of it to increase battery life). To achieve a full charge on the LEAF using a 110V outlet would take all day—seriously.

Nissan has said that the average cost of installing a Level II home charging unit would run about $2,200—and, so far that seems to be running true. Given that the LEAF is really the only mass-market car in need of installation of a Level II home charger until about 2012, the demand for home charging units from other companies besides AeroVironment will likely be low until then, unless a significant amount of early adopters choose to organize the installation of their own chargers.

So now that you've got the lay of the land, who are the companies selling the chargers?

ECOtality North America (formerly eTec) has been at the charging station game for quite some time, having developed the Minit-Charger system to quick charge such industrial equipment as electric forklifts. With all of that background they have taken the Minit-Charger and applied it to both residential and commercial charging stations.

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ECOtality has also put out a new lineup of home and commercial Level II charging stations. Perhaps their new stations—designed by global industrial design firm, frog design.

Clipper Creek Even though they've been selling chargers for decades, Clipper Creek is somewhat of an underdog. Without the sexy design of some of their other competitors, Clipper Creek builds gray boxes that do the job, but are more geared at fleet installation than for business or residential. Even so, the company is clear to point out that their charging stations can be installed anywhere, and in fact, they do the installations of the home charging stations for the Tesla Roadster. Their stations are meant for Level II charging only, and come in a variety of Voltage and Amperage configurations to match customers' needs.
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AeroVironment- has scored a bit of a coup having been chosen as the exclusive contractor for the installation of Nissan LEAF home charging units. Although they are mostly known for their residential installations, AeroVironment is also one of the only companies that sells both Level II and DC fast charge commercial units.

Coulomb Technologies- Chances are good that if you've heard anything about charge station installations, you've heard of Coulomb. They are quickly building out their ChargePoint network which will will allow anyone with a membership to pull up to any of their stations and start filling up immediately. Although the vast majority of their 300+ stations deployed at this point are Level I, they have also begun deploying Level II chargers.

General Electric - GE entered the fray with their WattStation charger. Initially meant only for commercial deployments, they plan to unveil a residential version later this year. The WattStation is, arguably, the best looking of the bunch—a result that is no accident. Designed by legendary industrial designer, Yves Behar, the WattStation is meant to make you feel the exact polar opposite of what you might feel when you pull up to a gas station. It is also the only charger that currently has WiFi smart grid technology built in.

PEP Stations- A company that only beats Clipper Creek in obscurity, PEP has been working with Ford to develop charging stations that are robust and meant to take a beating. Founded by an architect and his brother, PEP stations feature a solid concrete base and a stainless steel top and are only geared, not surprisingly, towards commercial/municipal installations. Without much of a track record, only time will tell what their stations can offer, but when I talked with both brothers at the New York Auto Show, they seemed to think that their stations were more robust than any of the competitions' because they used high quality automotive grade components.

Better Place- is known for its battery swapping schemes, they have also begun deployment of charge stations in Israel and Denmark. Although they don't currently have any plans to sell their stations as one-off residential installations, they're still worth mentioning because their business model seems to shift with the breeze and they might be in the residential charge station arena before we know it.

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