Leading Automotive Website Edmunds.com Installs Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Charging Station for Plug-In Vehicle Reviews

CAMPBELL, CALIF  November 1, 2010 – Coulomb Technologies today announced that the leading automotive resource Edmunds.com has installed a ChargePoint® Networked Charging Station at the Edmunds.com headquarters in Santa Monica, CA for the testing of electric vehicles (EVs) and other plug-in cars. The installation of the ChargePoint station was done by Coulomb distributor Clean Fuel Connection.

“We selected the Coulomb charging station because it allows us to track charging behavior, measure  energy/kilowatt-hours used, determine greenhouse gas savings and then sort, export and report such charging data for specific test vehicles,” said Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing for Edmunds.com.  “This will allow us to calculate fuel efficiency for the vehicles, which was a key requirement for us.”

“Consumers worldwide are already looking to Edmunds.com for detailed information and reviews on the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan LEAF, the Coda EV, the MINI E and others.  We are committed to testing EVs and other plug-ins, and we needed a charger that enables us to easily and safely charge them while collecting as much charging data as possible,” stated John O’Dell, Senior Editor of Edmunds' GreenCarAdvisor.com, whose coverage of electric vehicles and other plug-in cars can be found at http://blogs.edmunds.com/greencaradvisor/FuelsTechnologies/Plug-insandElectric/.

“We are proud that Edmunds.com has selected Coulomb’s charging stations to help with their vehicle testing process,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies.  “Scientific studies from reliable sources such as Edmunds.com will be critical to the success and adoption of these vehicles.   Intelligent, networked infrastructure is essential to Edmunds.com’s testing process, and Coulomb is the only company that has it.”

The ChargePoint Network is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and all manufacturers of plug-in vehicle charging stations. ChargePoint Network’s unique features include:

  • The ability for a station owner to set fees for use of their stations (including free charging)
  • The ability for drivers to access stations without a subscription via contactless credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover) 
  • 24/7/365 telephone driver support via a toll free number on all charging stations
  • Smart Grid ready with built in Utility Grade Metering, Time of Use (TOU) pricing and Demand Response (DR) control
  • Multiple Smart Phone applications (iPhone and Blackberry) to find unoccupied stations and navigate to them
  • The lowest operating cost possible due to real-time operational monitoring, alerts, diagnosis, and control of millions of stations

About Coulomb Technologies, Inc.

Coulomb Technologies is the leader in electric vehicle charging systems and application services, with the ChargePoint Network now operating in 14 countries, and Network Operations Centers in the U.S., London, and Hong Kong. Coulomb provides a vehicle-charging infrastructure, with an open system driver network: the ChargePoint Network provides multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet managers, Drivers, and Utilities, and ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging and up to 500 Volt DC charging. For more information, follow Coulomb on Twitter at twitter.com/coulombevi. To request a charging station in your area, visit www.mychargepoint.net/request-station.php. To download the ChargePoint iPhone App, click here.