Vancouver, BC. December 14, 2009 – Coulomb Technologies, the leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure, today announced the first networked charging stations for electric vehicles are now available in Canada. The ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations available for consumer and fleet use are now installed at the headquarters of Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) in Vancouver. Additionally, Charge Northwest, Coulomb's Pacific Northwest distributor has signed REV as an official reseller in British Columbia of ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations.
"Canada is a strategic and important country for deployment of electric vehicle charging stations," said Richard Lowenthal CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "There are hundreds of progressive organizations, utilities and government entities that have shown strong interest in laying the groundwork for the necessary infrastructure to welcome EV's to the market in 2010. Partnering with established distribution names in the Pacific Northwest gives us a distinct advantage to rapidly move forward in our expansion plans. We are proud to be partnering with REV and Charge Northwest."
The ChargePoint® Network is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and provides authentication, management, and real-time control for the networked electric vehicle charging stations through multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet managers, Drivers, and Utilities. ChargePoint Network unique features include: charging status by SMS text or email notification, location of unoccupied charging stations via smart phones, authenticated access to eliminate energy theft, authorized energizing for safety, and Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future V2G capabilities. The network of electric vehicle charging stations is accessible to all plug-in drivers by making a toll free call to the 24/7 number on each charging station, or signing up for a ChargePoint Network monthly access plan and obtaining a Smart Card. Other future payment options include using any smart (RFID) credit/debit card to authorize a session or using a standard credit or debit card at a remote payment station (RPS) to pay for charging sessions. To locate available charging stations, visit http://www.mychargepoint.net and click "Find Stations".
"We have worked closely with REV in the past year to develop strategic relationships within British Columbia," said Jim Blaisdell, President of Charge Northwest. "The Vancouver Mayor has aggressive and specific goals about clean air mandates and reducing emissions. These charging stations are the first step to building the infrastructure for the new wave of vehicles that are coming soon to Canada. We look forward to many more installation announcements in the coming months."
"We are proud to offer the first of many publically available charging stations for electric vehicles in Vancouver," said Jay Giraud, CEO of REV. "Earlier this year, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson launched the Greenest City Initiative, his vision of how our city can earn that title by 2020. The Greenest City Initiative offers specifications for zero emission vehicles including at least 15 percent of new vehicles in Vancouver should be fully electric, plug-in hybrids or fuel cell vehicles. Infrastructure is the necessary component in order to fuel these zero emission vehicles."
Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) is a leader in electric vehicle solutions for fleets, delivering a fully integrated solution for transforming and electrifying fleets. The complete solution provides everything fleets need to transform their existing passenger vehicles into 100 percent electric vehicles including: fast-install AC drive technology, integrated data management, charging stations, fleet charging management and V2G. The REV product eliminates vehicle emissions with a systems-integrated approach designed specifically for fleet operations while saving fuel and maintenance costs and increasing fleet-service life. For more information on REV visit www.rapidelectricvehicles.com. Follow REV on Twitter: twitter.com/revtechnologies.
Charge Northwest provides electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions for Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. Charge NW is the authorized reseller of ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations from Coulomb Technologies in the Northwest. Charge NW also provides EV infrastructure strategy, assessment, and planning, as well as software integration for charging infrastructure. For more information, visit www.chargenw.com.
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, with 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 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging to future 500 Volt DC charging. For more information, please visit www.coulombtech.com and follow Coulomb on Twitter at twitter.com/coulombevi.