Arpin Group Unveils First Electric Car Charging Station

August 16, 2010

sample car charging stationThe Coulomb electric charging station will have an outlet for what is known as a Level 1 charge at 110 volts (the same as common household outlets) and a corded plug delivering the faster 240-volt or Level 2 charge, which includes a standardized nationally certified plug connector that will be in use throughout the nation.  With this unit, Rhode Island will join a small but growing list of states and cities building infrastructure for the wave of new electric cars and plug-in hybrids, such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, which will enter the market later this year.

“The Arpin-Cardi’s electric car charging station is the first step toward building Rhode Island’s electric vehicle infrastructure, making it possible for owners of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to recharge away from home,” said Peter Arpin, CEO of Arpin Renewable Energy. “Our goal is to promote electric vehicles in order to reduce air pollutants, decrease our dependence on imported oil and benefit the local economy, making Rhode Island a better place to live.”

Arpin Group and Cardi's are working together to support Project Get Ready Rhode Island (PGR RI), a non-profit initiative to establish Rhode Island as a leader in green transportation, decrease transportation costs, and reduce emissions by getting 10,000 plug in electric vehicles in Rhode Island by 2015.  With its high population density and small size, Rhode Island is an ideal location for electric vehicle adoption.  PGR RI is working to recruit companies, institutions, municipalities and state agencies to commit to the installation of 30 charge spots in Rhode Island, which will be announced over the next several months. The non-profit organization is coordinating with its partnering utility, National Grid, to develop a plan for electrifying 2 percent of Rhode Island’s cars without significantly increasing peak grid load.

“National Grid congratulates Cardi's Furniture and the Arpin Group in the installation of the first public access plug-in electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle charge point in Rhode Island,” said Tom King, President, US Business, National Grid.  “The initiative taken by the Arpin Group is a huge step toward the successful introduction of these vehicles in our service territory; something National Grid has long been committed to as part of our own carbon reduction and energy efficiency initiatives.”

The Coulomb ChargePoint unit installed at the West Warwick Cardi’s Furniture store has corresponding plugs for two vehicles to charge simultaneously.  This station will be useful for drivers who desire a booster charge between longer nightly charges at home.

About Arpin Renewable Energy
Arpin Renewable Energy LogoArpin Renewable Energy, LLC is a research and development company which explores and produces green alternatives that can be applied to the moving industry. It is also responsible for the implementation and management of “Green Initiatives” across all Arpin Group subsidiaries to help reduce its carbon footprint. Learn more about its green initiatives at

About Cardi’s Furniture Superstores
Cardi's Furniture Superstores is a third generation, family owned and operated furniture retailer. A full history as well as store locations and a community initiatives calendar can be found at

About National Grid
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

About Project Get Ready
Project Get Ready Rhode Island is a non-profit affiliate of the national network of Project Get Ready sites, created by the Rocky Mountain Institute. It launched in January 2010 to establish Rhode Island as a leader in green transportation, decrease transportation costs, and reduce emissions by getting 10,000 plug-in electric vehicles in Rhode Island by 2015. More info may be found at: