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Public EV Charging Station Comes to Conn.

February 01, 2011

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Car Charging Group Inc., a provider of electric vehicle charging services, and the Norwalk Parking Authority on Jan. 31 celebrated the opening of an EV charging station in a municipal parking area in Fairfield County, Conn.

The new EV charging station is near the South Norwalk Train Station. Car Charging Group also has plans to install EV charging stations for public use in the Maritime Garage and the Yankee Doodle Garage in Norwalk.  

"Following Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell's creation of the Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council, we began to recognize the importance of preparing Norwalk for the necessary adjustments needed for electric vehicles," said Mayor Richard Moccia. "We are pleased to offer Norwalk citizens the opportunity to charge their EVs in our public parking areas while we move towards becoming a greener city." 

Car Charging Group installed Level II ChargePoint networked charging stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies. The 7.2 kW output delivers Level II (208/240 VAC at 30 A) charging via the standard SAE J1772 connector and fixed 18-foot cable. The 2 kW output delivers Level I (120 VAC at 16 A) charging via a standard NEMA 5-20 receptacle protected behind a locking door. Both outputs can deliver energy simultaneously.

In light of automakers' electric vehicle plans, the need for local EV infrastructure is undeniable.

"Connecticut was chosen as one of the seven markets where Chevrolet is launching their electric vehicle the Volt. In addition, Nissan announced more than 20,000 nationwide reservations for the Leaf, and Ford just announced an all-electric Focus to be released later this year," said Car Charging Group CEO Michael D. Farkas.

"These mass-produced, all-electric vehicles are hitting our roads now and we're working with forward-thinking businesses, property owners and municipalities to build out the necessary infrastructure to support their arrival and mass adoption," added Brian Golomb, Car Charging Group's director of sales.

The Norwalk Parking Authority is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the city's municipal parking system, consisting of four parking structures, six surface lots and on-street parking.

Car Charging Group provides EV charging stations at no charge to property owners/managers while retaining ownership, thus allowing drivers access to convenient locations and partners to realize a percentage of the charging revenue generated.

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