Illinois Governor’s Mansion Becomes First in United States to Install ChargePoint Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

CHICAGO –May 17, 2011.  Coulomb Technologies today announced that the executive mansion in Springfield, Ill. has installed a residential ChargePoint® charging station for electric vehicles.  The installation of the ChargePoint station marks the first time a Governor of any state in the US has installed a networked residential charging station for electric vehicles.  The State of Illinois will use the charging station to fuel new electric vehicles and will be used by government staff.  Installation of the charging station further extends the Governor’s executive order EO11 2009 that addresses a healthier environment for the state of Illinois. The ChargePoint charging station was donated and installed by Carbon Day Automotive and WindFree in Chicago.

Specifically EO11 was written to reduce the environmental impact of Illinois state government operations.  EO11 declares ‘Illinois agencies are major consumers of electricity and fuel, spending over $100 million each year to conduct activities at more than 1,500 owned and leased sites, and maintaining more than 12,000 vehicles traveling over 186 million miles last year; and the State seeks to employ cost-effective methods to reduce the consumption of energy and fuel, and the associated emissions of greenhouse gases.’

“As we work to increase green practices and the use of renewable energy throughout the state, it is only fitting that this movement should start here at the people’s house,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “I would like to thank Carbon Day Automotive and WindFree in Chicago for helping us drive smarter in Illinois.”

Governor Quinn previously installed energy efficient LED lighting, rain barrels, solar panels and most recently a community vegetable garden to make the executive mansion greener and more sustainable.

The networked charging station managed by the ChargePoint® Network and installed at the Mansion will provide the Governor and his staff an advanced software system including 24/7 driver assistance, measuring of greenhouse gas savings and energy (kWh) used, the ability to send SMS and email alerts for: Vehicle Fully Charged, Plug-Out Detection, Ground Fault Detection (GFCI Trip), and Over-Current Detection.

About Carbon Day Automotive

Carbon Day Automotive (Chicago, IL) is the leading electric vehicle charging station company in the Midwest as the exclusive distributor for Coulomb Technologies in 10 states which includes Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Lake County Indiana.  Please visit for more information.

About Coulomb Technologies, Inc.

Coulomb Technologies is the leader in electric vehicle charging solutions, with charging systems and application services delivered by the ChargePoint Network.  ChargePoint provides multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet Managers, Drivers, and Utilities.  The open-system driver network went live in January 2009 and now operates in 14 countries with Network Operations Centers in the U.S., UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and Hong Kong.  Coulomb’s ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations range from 120 to 240 VAC charging up to 500 Volt DC fast charging with more than 4000 stations shipped worldwide.  Follow Coulomb on Twitter:  Download the ChargePoint iPhone App.  Download the ChargePoint Blackberry App.