Coulomb ChargepointIf you don't like your chances to win one of the ten free iPads Plug In America is giving away, you can guaranteed get a free ChargePoint card from ChargePoint between now and National Plug In Day 2012 this Sunday. You can sign up for the freebie (which, of course, you might still have to pay to use) by telling ChargePoint where to send it. Normally, a ChargePoint card costs $5.

ChargePoint told AutoblogGreen that there are many free ChargePoint stations and users have two ways to access paid stations. First, you can load up your ChargePoint accoung (the company recommends setting a $25 limit) and then, if you use a pay station enough times to drop your pre-paid level below $15, your credit card on file will automatically be charged back up to your limit (again, the recommended $25. The second way is to call the phone number listed on the station and pay with a credit card.

Over 60 cities will celebrate the Second Annual National Plug In Day, from Austin to Boston, Vermont to Hawaii. Last year, there were 29 National Plug In Day events across the country. If you're interested in checking it out this time, you can find a 2012 event here. Oh, and you can find a ChargePoint location here.
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Celebrating 2nd Annual Plug-In Day 2012: ChargePoint Offering Electric Vehicle Drivers Free ChargePoint Cards

Campbell, Calif., Sept. 18, 2012 – In honor of National Plug In Day 2012, ChargePoint today announced it is offering free ChargePoint cards to electric vehicle drivers from Tuesday, September 18 through National Plug In Day Sunday, September 23, 2012. ChargePoint is the largest network of independently owned charging stations in the world, and using a ChargePoint card allows EV drivers to easily access charging stations, pay any charging fees, start and stop a charging session, and track their energy usage. This year, there will be events in more than 50 cities across the United States. Each event will be led by local plug-in drivers and advocates and will include EV parades, ride-and-drives, electric tailgate parties, press conferences, award ceremonies, informational booths, and more. Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association serve as the national team providing support to the events throughout the country. EV owners can up sign up for a free ChargePoint card by visiting: www.chargepoint.com/pluginday.

"We are happy to help promote National Plug In Day by encouraging drivers to plug in using their free ChargePoint card," said Pat Romano president and CEO of ChargePoint. "EV drivers plug in to ChargePoint nearly four thousand times every day. We are also encouraging businesses and drivers to declare their support for electric vehicles and public charging by using the Twitter hashtag #EVchargingpledge."

ChargePoint provides EV drivers state-of-the-art features including the ability to search for ChargePoint-enabled charging stations, get directions to charging stations, see if a station is in use or not, check pricing, reserve a station, and receive charging notifications. ChargePoint locations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android. These mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and even start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone. Additionally, drivers can locate reservable stations, and then make, view and cancel a reservation directly from their smart phone.

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned charging stations operating in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything a station owner needs to deliver turnkey charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state of the art features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint Network is open to all charging station manufacturers. Stations on ChargePoint are currently dispensing over 690 Megawatt hours of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 3,600 charging sessions per day. Follow us on Twitter @chargepointnet. Like us on Facebook @ChargePoint.