The EV Project is a 36 month project to deploy approximately 15,000 electric car charging stations in six U.S. States (Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas). The project started in October of 2009 by the company ECOtality North America. The total value of the project is now approximately $230 million, with $115 million coming from grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, and the other $115 million coming from a partner match. A free residential charger will be provided free for consumers who purchase either the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt and meet the requirements of the project. Once the consumers get their free residential pump installed, "The EV Project will collect and analyze data to characterize vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charge infrastructure. The ultimate goal of The EV Project is to take the lessons learned from the deployment of these first 8,300 EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next 5,000,000 EVs."
To find out more about the project please click on this link: http://www.theevproject.com/index.php