ChargePoint Inc., which has its U.S. headquarters in Florida, was awarded a contract from the Department of Energy to install 3,500 charging stations in the state. The contract is worth $15 million.
The company will install the charging stations at grocery stores, workplaces and other public locations. The stations will be available to the public and will be compatible with all electric vehicles.
The company plans to begin installation of the stations this year and expects to have all of them up and running by 2019.
This is not the first time the company has been awarded a federal contract to install charging stations. In 2016, it was awarded a contract to install stations in California.
The company has also been selected to install stations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. It has said that it plans to have 2,000 stations operational in those states by the end of 2018.
The company's expansion into Florida is a sign that the market for electric vehicle charging stations is growing. Major automakers are planning to roll out dozens of new electric vehicles over the next few years and they will need a place to charge them.
The Department of Energy has been investing in electric vehicle charging infrastructure as part of its effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil and promote clean energy.
The agency has awarded more than $120 million in grants for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across the country. Florida has received more than $4 million in grant money for charging station projects.
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