SOURCE: Keystone Charge

Keystone Charge

March 28, 2011 11:32 ET

Keystone Charge Launches as Eastern PA Certified Installing Dealer of EVCA Brand Electric Car Chargers

HARLEYSVILLE, PA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2011) - The support network for electric cars continues powering up. Keystone Charge, a new company founded in 2010 to be at the leading edge of bringing electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions to Pennsylvania, has been named a certified installing dealer for chargers built by EV-Charge America, a US-based Original Equipment Manufacturer of EV infrastructure products, software, and services that collectively provide a smart vehicle charging environment for plug-in electric vehicles, drivers, and other stakeholders. Keystone Charge will be responsible for selling and installing all EVCA chargers in Eastern Pennsylvania.

"We have studied the market closely and decided to align with EV-Charge America," states Alan Ferrin, President of Keystone Charge, "because their offerings are the most advanced electric vehicle charging stations and software available and they are all made in the USA. EVCA just installed a multi-vehicle charging system for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Ontario, CA, so the rental car company could begin offering electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt."

In addition to the Chevy Volt, EVCA chargers are compatible with the Nissan Leaf, Ford's EV cars, the Mitsubishi MiEV, the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, the 2012 Honda Fit EV, the 2013 Daimler Smart Fortwo ED, and the Tesla Roadster and Model S Alpha. Currently, Keystone Charge offers 10 models of EVCA chargers for Level I (120 VAC, 20 A), Level II (240 VAC, 40 A), and combination units that have both Level I and II charging ability. Pole, wall, and ground mounts are available for both commercial and residential installations. Fast chargers will be available soon with UL approval expected in the next week.

According to Ferrin, "Most early demand will be commercial, especially with government and utility grant money available to help underwrite projects. Commercial units can be equipped to double as electronic parking meters, making them practical for municipalities. We also offer a modular solar carport option that makes EV even more economically attractive."

Keystone Charge's launch is neatly timed when many forward-thinking institutions and companies are looking at the merits of electric vehicles and the incentives to be early adopters. Pennsylvania is considering a sales tax exemption for EV charge stations. The federal government is offering a tax credit equaling 50% of the cost of installing a charging station up to a maximum of $2,000. Charging stations count toward LEED Building certifications for new or existing buildings, ISO 14001. Among other major local organizations that are rewarding electric vehicle investments are the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, and electric utilities.

EVCA utilizes a wireless, networked, meshed-LAN array of subscription-based EV Charging Stations that drivers can find anywhere via Google Maps, OnStar, smartphones, and other standard GPS enabled devices using the Charge Point Network. Waving an RFID key ring tag in front of the unit's reader will start the flow of electricity.

For more information, contact: Keystone Charge, 380 Moyer Road, Harleysville, PA 19438, 215-513-4111,,

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