Pleasant Hill, CA – The City of Pleasant Hill announced today that Santa Claus will make a guest appearance in his plug-in Prius as he stops by to charge up at Pleasant Hill City Hall. Pleasant Hill has become the fourth Bay Area city to deploy the ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles (EV). Manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, the charging stations will be made operational in the city during a special holiday season unveiling ceremony on December 10, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the City Hall Parking Lot, 100 Gregory Lane.
Children from the 2nd grade class of Sequoia Elementary School will be on hand to welcome Santa along with the Mayor and members of the City Council. Others attending will include members of TRANSPAC, the regional transportation planning committee for central Contra Costa, and the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce.
The other two ChargePoint Networked EV Charging Stations are installed in the public parking garage in the heart of Downtown Pleasant Hill and at the Public Service Center at 310 Civic Drive.
Vehicles that are currently being sold and that can use these charging stations include the Wheego, the GEM (Global Electric Motorcar) and the Prius plug-in hybrid. Other vehicles scheduled to come on the market in 2010 include the BMW Mini E, Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Triac by Green Vehicles.
A key city of the East Bay Area, Pleasant Hill is known for its outdoor festivals, college campuses and superb shopping and dining. EV owners across the Bay Area now have a premier place where they can recharge while enjoying Downtown Pleasant Hill.
"This installation in Pleasant Hill gives Contra Costa County the distinction of first county in the nation to feature neighboring cities with networked charging stations for electric vehicles," said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "Infrastructure for EV's is taking shape in the Bay Area."
Measure C funding for the three EV charging stations was provided by 511 Contra Costa (the transportation demand management agency for local jurisdictions and the county) and approved by TRANSPAC. The Measure C funds are ½ cent sales tax for transportation improvement projects and are collected through the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and used to deliver local projects and programs. TRANSPAC is made up of elected officials and staff from each central Contra Costa County City (Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Concord, Clayton, Martinez, and unincorporated portions of the county).
Coulomb Technologies is the leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure with networked charging stations installed in municipalities and organizations worldwide. Coulomb provides a vehicle-charging infrastructure, which includes an open system driver network: ChargePoint provides multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet managers, Subscribers, and Utilities www.mychargepoint.net, and ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120V 16A to 240V 80A AC charging to future 120kW DC charging, and all US charging stations are SAE J1772™ compliant. For more information, please visit www.coulombtech.com and follow Coulomb on Twitter at twitter.com/coulombevi.