- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City has installed its first car charging station for electric cars and says it plans to buy about 40 of the clean-energy vehicles.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the installation of the public car charging station. It opened at a parking facility on Manhattan’s far West side.

Bloomberg says more than 100 similar stations will open around the city by September 2011. The city currently uses 10 electric cars that were donated and plans to buy about 40 during the next year.

Coulumb Technologies CEO Richard Lowenthal, whose company is installing the chargers, said it could take less than four hours to charge a car.

The company received $15 million from the Obama administration to make the chargers.