CAMPBELL, Calif. – February 10, 2011 – Coulomb Technologies today announced that 3M has installed its first ChargePoint® networked charging station at its global headquarters in Minnesota. The ChargePoint station is the first of two that 3M will have on its campus to serve employees and their guests. The unit was unveiled today at 3M world headquarters located in the visitor’s parking lot at the center of its campus in Maplewood. The second unit will be installed this spring at the company’s customer innovation center on the northwest side of the property. The ChargePoint charging station was sold and installed by Carbon Day Automotive, Coulomb’s Midwest and Chicago distributor.
The installation of electric vehicle charging stations at 3M Center represents the latest milestone for the company that has implemented dozens of programs over the years. 3M was the first company in the early 70’s to adopt a van pool program. In 1973, the company established an energy management department. In St. Paul, energy savings programs have resulted in the savings of nearly eight million KWH of electricity and 585,940 Therms of natural gas.
The ChargePoint® Network’s advanced features such as the ability to measure greenhouse gas savings and measure electricity usage will be a crucial tool for 3M to improve their sustainability efforts and further reduce 3M’s carbon footprint. Other workplace benefits provided by Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network include:
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.
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 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.