Using Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint System, SAP Labs U.S., Palo Alto Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

SAP Labs U.S., Palo Alto Showcases Energy-Efficiency Efforts in Support of a Holistic, Sustainable Strategy

Palo Alto, Calif. — December 9, 2010 — Coulomb Technologies Inc. today announced that SAP, the world’s leading provider of business software(*) and a sustainability pioneer, has begun installation of 16 Coulomb ChargePoint® networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Palo Alto headquarters of SAP Labs U.S.  The largest installation of workplace-networked stations in the U.S., the 240 VAC Level II ChargePoint stations will be used by SAP fleet EVs and employees.  SAP will showcase several installed ChargePoint stations along with new EVs, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PEV), at the SAP® Energy Efficiency Showcase being held today at the SAP Labs U.S., Palo Alto campus. 

“As a leader in Silicon Valley, we feel it’s important to live the principles of sustainability, which are also core to our corporate strategy – both in serving our employee base and helping our customers,” said Rami Branitzky, managing director of SAP Labs North America.  “The introduction of Coulomb’s ChargePoint stations and EVs at the SAP Labs Palo Alto campus is a further demonstration of our innovative culture and commitment to a sustainable workplace. We are proud to take this step forward, recognizing it will help us further lower our carbon emissions, deliver bottom-line savings, and encourage employee adoption of EVs.  We also plan to offer to our employees free charging of EVs.”

SAP Labs U.S. is working with the City of Palo Alto Utilities to power the charging stations via clean, 100 percent renewable energy.  

Other workplace benefits provided to SAP by Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network include the following:

  • Control access for employees:  SAP can control who may access its charging stations (paid or free) to eliminate energy theft and to enhance safety.
  • Measuring performance of green initiatives:  Tracking energy, greenhouse gas and fuel savings is necessary when measuring and demonstrating the success of corporate-sponsored green initiatives.  ChargePoint stations provide the ability to track and report the benefits associated with EV charging.  This data integrates with SAP sustainability solutions for visibility and reporting.
  • Cost-saving utility programs and incentives:  Utility-grade meters and the ability to communicate with other smart grid systems enable demand response, time-of-use pricing, and other smart grid programs provided by SAP’s local utility. 

“We are honored to have SAP Labs U.S. as a customer and are proud to be a part of the SAP Energy Efficiency Showcase,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO at Coulomb Technologies.  “ SAP is embracing innovation and technology that makes sustainability good business.”

The ChargePoint networked EV charging stations are managed by the ChargePoint Network and provide EV drivers the ability to locate and navigate to charging stations from any smart phone and the ability to detect charging station availability from a smart phone or Google Maps. The ChargePoint Network also facilitates EV trip mapping, driver billing, 24/7 driver assistance, and greenhouse gas and energy savings (kWh) measurement.

The charging stations have dual outputs that deliver energy simultaneously: a 7.2 kW output delivering Level II (208/240 VAC @ 30 A) charging via the standard SAE J1772™ connector and fixed 18-foot cable, and a 2 kW output delivering Level I (120 VAC @ 16 A) charging via a standard NEMA 5-20 receptacle protected behind a locking door.

The SAP Energy Efficiency Showcase event will bring together a select group of leading organizations, including Coulomb Technologies, to share experiences and expertise in executing a business case for sustainability.   

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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. The ChargePoint Network first went live in January of 2009. 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 To request a charging station in your area, visit To download the ChargePoint iPhone App, click here.