Coulomb Technologies, Inc., Campbell, Calif., plans to expand the ChargePoint Network into the Boston metropolitan area with more than 150 stations for electric vehicles. The stations are made available to the state through Coulomb's $37 million ChargePoint America Department of Energy program. The stations will be located in the Boston metropolitan area's Route 495 Beltway.

Coulomb's ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5,000 charging stations to program participants in 10 regions in the United States: Austin, Texas; Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Orlando/Tampa; Sacramento, Calif.; San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area; Redmond/Bellevue, Wash.; Washington D.C./Baltimore; and southern Michigan (including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit). The program is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and four leading automobile brands: Ford, Chevrolet, smart USA and BMW. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations is currently underway in all regions.

The $37 million ChargePoint America program is made possible by a $15 million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy. ChargePoint America will provide 4,600 public and home ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations by Oct. 2011, adding to the existing ChargePoint Network. Coulomb will work together with its distribution and industry partners to evaluate demand from the respective geographic regions and allocate charging stations based on this and other factors.