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LAYING RAIL’ IN NEBRASKA FOR ELECTRIC TRAVEL
When Seward, Nebraska, a community of 6,964 inhabitants, dedicates three electric vehicle charging stations by ChargePoint next Monday, April 22, it joins other Nebraska communities ‘laying rail’ for the next generation of transportation–electric travel.
“The beauty of electric vehicles,” said Brett Baker, Seward city administrator, “is that it takes longer to refuel an electric vehicle. Should business owners in our communities buy and install charging stations for their customers, they will add value to their business and to our regional economy. It’s shown that electric vehicle drivers stay longer at locations where they can top off their vehicle battery.”
“Plus, Nebraska is a public power state. When we invest in electric transportation, we are reinvesting in the transportation fuel we already own– Nebraska public power,” Baker said.
“We know that electric vehicles reduce air pollution, add value to commercial property and run on public power,” Baker said. “That’s a win- win-win for Nebraska where we like our clean air, we support our local business owners and we really like keeping our gasoline dollars at home.”
Baker is president of the Nebraska City-County Management Association, the organization spearheading the statewide network of electric vehicle refueling stations. Early hub communities in Nebraska to install a ChargePoint are South Sioux City, Bellevue, Nebraska City, Albion, Seward, Lexington, Ogallala, and Farnam. Clusters of ChargePoints will radiate from each community hub, effectively integrating each community to its neighbor to enable electric travel throughout Nebraska.
Public access to ChargePoints in Nebraska will be located where most people drive and park a while, such as hotels and motels, local grocery stores, schools and universities, shopping centers, hospitals or clinics, restaurants, the library or the workplace, providing the necessary return trip or extended trip recharge for electric vehicle drivers. Public access to electric fuel dispensers extend the range of an electric vehicle battery when away from home. Seward has installed a ChargePoint at the Seward Public Library, the Seward Public Schools and Concordia University of Nebraska.
“I think this is a great prospect for Nebraska. To show its concern for the environment, its strong support for public power, and its resourcefulness,” said Lance Hedquist, City Administrator for South Sioux City and an early advocate of promoting and supporting electrified transportation throughout Nebraska.
“A statewide program that ties us together and allows for longer journeys is both innovative and the key for our future.”
Just like the railroads, a hundred and fifty years ago.
CHARGEPOINT LAUNCHES FIRST OF MORE THAN 80 ELECTRIC VEHICLE
CHARGING STATIONS, WITH FUNDING FROM NYSE RDA
Manhattan’s The Solaire Apartment Complex Installs New Charging Station; Program Will Bring New Sites to Locations Around New York State
Manhattan March 11, 2013 ChargePoint, Inc. announced the first of more than 80 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations it will install around New York, through a $1 million incentive from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The EV charging station installed at The Solaire in Battery Park City is ChargePoint’s first installation of what will be part of a significant NYSERDA EV charging station investment. The Solaire, developed in 2003 by the Albanese Organization is the nation’s first LEED Gold-certified residential building. ChargePoint is the largest network of EV charging stations in the world, with more than 11,000 charging spots installed.
“Upgrading the city’s EV infrastructure to new, universal ChargePoint chargers is imperative to the future success of a sustainable society. By working with ChargePoint and NYSERDA to bring new chargers to our LEED-certified rental properties in Manhattan, the Solaire, the Verdesian and the Vanguard Chelsea, the Albanese Organization hopes to inspire more drivers to consider electric vehicles, while providing current adopters with new access to convenient charging locations,” said Russell Albanese, Chairman of the Albanese Organization. “The partnership of ChargePoint and NYSERDA has been an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together to make a great contribution.
Last year, Governor Cuomo announced $4.4 million being awarded to 10 EV companies, municipalities and other entities, including ChargePoint, to bring 325 charging stations to New York. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced Charge New York, a new initiative to promote EVs through investing $50 million over five years. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps meant to encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership.
“Through Governor Cuomo’s ‘Charge NY’ program, the state is taking a proactive approach to investing in an EV infrastructure that will encourage New Yorkers to transition from less efficient vehicles to electric vehicles,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Given the amount of emissions produced by the transportation sector, this statewide EV infrastructure will allow the state to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a plan to make up to 20 percent (or 10,000 spaces) of new New York City parking spaces EV-ready over the next seven years.
EVs will play a key role in reducing dependency on foreign oil while improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ChargePoint is the leading provider of EV charging in New York City with nearly 200 EV charging stations already installed. ChargePoint has worked with private garage owners and commercial hosts to pilot Level 2 charging throughout the state of New York. For EV drivers, ChargePoint-enabled locations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android. These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone. Additionally, these apps allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint’s station reservation feature. Drivers can locate reservable stations, and then make, view, and cancel a reservation directly from a smart phone.
“New York is laying the foundation to become a leader in the United States for EVs,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. “The majority of residents in New York City live in apartments and without this kind of public infrastructure investment, residents would not be able to buy electric vehicles.”
Collaboratev provides drivers access to EV charging stations on any affiliated network.
SAN FRANCISCO and CAMPBELL, Calif. March 7, 2013 – ChargePoint, Inc. and ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY) announced today the formation of Collaboratev, LLC. Collaboratev will enable charging network interoperability, exchange session data and allow financial billing reconciliation services among electric vehicle charging networks. The new company will actively encourage other charging network providers to join as affiliates and enable EV drivers throughout the United States to seamlessly charge among all affiliated charging networks. ChargePoint and ECOtality will connect the ChargePoint and Blink networks to Collaboratev later this year.
Collaboratev’s objectives include:
“Interoperability for EV drivers is another milestone in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint, Inc. “Collaboratev will give EV drivers access to all stations, locations, availability and mapping features in the public domain.”
“This is a clear sign of market maturation by establishing a seamless process for EV drivers to charge across networks,” stated Ravi Brar, CEO of ECOtality. “As industry leaders, we want to ensure we are always putting the needs of our customers first. We are fostering an open ecosystem and invite others to join us in making it easy for EV drivers nationwide to get the charge they need whenever and wherever they are.”
“The creation of a vendor agnostic payment processing and authentication system for EV charging would alleviate consumer concern of being tied to one charging network and would therefore make electric vehicles more attractive to mainstream vehicle buyers,” said John Gartner, research director of smart transportation at Pike Research.
For more information regarding this joint venture, please visit www.collaboratev.com.
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to deliver turnkey electric vehicle 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 free ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all charging station manufacturers.
About ECOtality, Inc.
ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. Through innovation, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships, ECOtality accelerates the market applicability of advanced electric technologies to replace carbon-based fuels. For more information about ECOtality, Inc., please visit www.ecotality.com.
Campbell, Calif. February 14, 2013 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has laid out a bold plan to make 20 percent of new New York City parking spaces electric vehicle (EV) ready. ChargePoint congratulates Mayor Bloomberg for his vision.
Mayor Bloomberg laid out his plan today in his State of the City address. It calls for the creation of 10,000 EV ready spaces over the next seven years. New York is a leader in EV adoption rates, with 2,598 registered vehicles as of January, 2013, up 76 percent from just three months ago.
“New York City is one of the leading markets for electric vehicles in the United States,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint, Inc. “Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership will prepare New York City for the broad adoption of EVs. Under the Mayor’s leadership, New York City is embarking on a comprehensive and bold effort to drive EV adoption in the city. The Mayor’s initiative to prepare “make ready” sites in parking garages for electric vehicles will lower the cost of critical EV charging infrastructure needed in New York City.”
Electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing our dependency on foreign oil while improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ChargePoint is the world’s largest EV charging network with more than 11,000 EV charging spots installed. ChargePoint is the leading provider of EV charging in the city of New York with nearly 200 EV charging stations already installed. ChargePoint has worked with private garage owners and commercial hosts to pilot Level 2 charging throughout the state of New York.
“New York is taking a bold and proactive step to minimize the overall cost of establishing adequate charging supply and drive adoption of electric vehicles” said Paul Wessel, executive director, Green Parking Council, a non-profit organization providing leadership and oversight for the green conversion of parking facilities to sustainable, environmentally responsible assets. “Providing parking facilities with Level II EV charging is a critical way to foster the rapid development of electric vehicles. Every month, the number of EV drivers continues to increase. Offering EV charging services in garages is currently a competitive advantage, but soon it will be as essential as high-quality lighting. In 2012 alone, more than 50,000 new electric vehicles were sold in the United States.”
Electric vehicle owners in Oakville, Ont., are now able to charge their cars while enjoying a Tim Hortons Inc. coffee. Tim Hortons has installed its first electric vehicle charging stations as part of a new pilot project.
Charging stations are now available for guest use, free of charge, at Tim Hortons located at 228 Wyecroft Rd. in Oakville and for use by corporate employees at head office, in an effort to study the technology, its use and opportunities.
“The electric vehicle infrastructure is in its infancy and we see a potential opportunity for Tim Hortons to help make a true difference by expanding that infrastructure in Canada,” said Paulo Ferreira, senior director, international design and building standards, Tim Hortons. “At this stage, the goal for us is to explore and understand the technology, to see how it can work at our restaurants and how we can, in turn, support our guests who choose to go electric.”
Tim Hortons partnered with Oakville Hydro and the Town of Oakville to launch the pilot project.
“There is no better place than Oakville for Tim Hortons to launch its electric vehicle charging station pilot project,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Tim Hortons continues to help us make Oakville cleaner and greener, towards realizing our vision of creating Canada’s most livable town.”
“Electric vehicles can potentially have an impact on distribution systems across Ontario,” said Rob Lister, president and chief executive officer of Oakville Hydro Corp. “As part of our Smart Grid initiatives, this pilot project will allow us to gain insight into how our distribution system responds and reacts to the addition of electric vehicles. We are very proud to be part of this project with other Oakville businesses.”
Tim Hortons continues discussions with additional municipalities in an attempt to expand the pilot before deciding on the future possibility of EV charging stations across the company’s more than 3,300 restaurants across Canada.
The company will also make provisions to run electrical wires to future charging stations through conduits in parking lots at all newly built Canadian restaurants going forward, to simplify the installation process.
Ford Motor Company of Canada provided Tim Hortons with the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid for testing purposes.
CHARGEPOINT BRINGS NETWORKED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS TO ATLANTA
February 11, 2013 (Atlanta) — ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network, today announced its entry into the Atlanta market with the installation of networked EV charging stations. Lanier Parking Solutions, headquartered in Atlanta, facilitated the placement of six ChargePoint EV charging stations at locations in Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead, with the location of a seventh charger to be determined.
Three of the new ChargePoint EV charging stations are at Peachtree Center, while Georgia Pacific Center, Ponce City Market, and Prominence in Buckhead each have one new EV charging station. ChargePoint and Lanier Parking Solutions today held a joint ribbon-cutting today at Peachtree Center, an office and retail complex managed by Parkway Realty Services.
Installation of the EV charging stations is a critical step in the City of Atlanta’s efforts to expand its electric vehicle footprint. There are more than 750 electric and electric hybrid vehicles registered in the Atlanta area, and automakers will introduce more than 10 new models in 2013 alone.
“Lanier is proud to be a part of making Atlanta more accommodating to electric cars,” said Michael Robison, CEO of Lanier Parking Solutions. “These EV charging stations will encourage sustainable driving practices that will greatly benefit our city.”
“As electric vehicles become a more attractive alternative amid climbing gas prices, a city’s EV infrastructure has to be ready to accommodate growth in this area,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. “Atlanta is taking the lead to proactively provide EV charging technology that will allow the city to accommodate future demand, and ChargePoint is proud to partner with Atlanta and other cities across the country to make this EV growth feasible.”
For EV drivers, ChargePoint-enabled locations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android. These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone. Additionally, these apps allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint’s station reservation feature. Drivers can locate reservable stations, and then make, view and cancel a reservation directly from a smart phone.
Mollie Stone’s is the first Bay Area grocery chain to feature EV charging stations. In an effort to support the growing community of EV drivers, Mollie Stone’s is partnering with ChargePoint to offer EV drivers more services that will make grocery shopping convenient while supporting a green environment. The charging station is designed to charge two electric vehicles simultaneously. Installations at their Palo Alto and Burlingame locations will follow in the coming months.