CAMPBELL, Calif. September 8, 2009 — Coulomb Technologies the leader in networked charging station infrastructure today announced the first German installation of ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations. The public utility in Bochum has activated five charging stations installed by distribution partner 365 Energy Group. The ChargePoint charging stations ensure that in the future electric vehicles can easily be "fueled" in the Ruhr area metropolis.
After testing three suppliers, the public utility Bochum selected Coulomb's ChargePoint charging stations for their advanced networking technology. One charging station has been installed in the customer parking lot at the headquarters of the public utility. Another charging station is located at the housing association VBW in the Matthias-Claudius-Straße. The locations of the other three ChargePoint stations have not been determined.
"The installation of Coulomb's first charging stations in Germany is another step in the progress of EV adoption in Europe," said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "As home of some of the top automobile designers and producers in the world, Germany is making a statement with their commitment to alternative fuels. Germany is now reducing their dependence on foreign oil and greenhouse gas emissions with the installation of these charging stations."
Coulomb Technologies' charging stations are used in homes, municipalities, office buildings and parking garages to allow consumers to charge their electric vehicles wherever they live, work and shop. Consumers subscribe to the ChargePoint® Network and receive a ChargePoint Smart Card that allows them to charge their car at any charging station worldwide. To locate available charging stations, visit www.mychargepoint.net and click "Find Stations".
"Setting up the charging stations is a first step in the expansion of electric mobility and the necessary infrastructure," said public utilities principal Bernd Wilmert. "Within the campaign Bochum becomes e-mobile." Wilmert introduced the charging stations involvement during ruhrmobil-E, a regional association of industry, economy, politics and research."
The 365 Energy Group with locations in Berlin, Eindhoven and Milano sees itself as the pioneer in the e-mobility industry. The company provides innovative charging stations with a network technology – a completely new and holistic approach to charging electric vehicles. This technology was developed by Coulomb Technologies, the global market leader in the infrastructure of electric vehicles. 365 Energy is the international partner of Coulomb Technologies and an investment management company of Estag Capital AG in Berlin.
Coulomb Technologies headquartered in Campbell, Calif., offers a family of products and services that provide a plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure, which includes ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120V 16A to 240V 80A AC charging to future 120kW DC charging. Coulomb applies networking technology to the challenge of charging electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in order to fuel the electric transportation industry. Coulomb's ChargePoint Network www.mychargepoint.net addresses the needs of drivers, utilities, governments, and parking space owners. Follow Coulomb on Twitter at twitter.com/coulombevi.