Campbell, Calif., July 11, 2011 Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint® Network has expanded into Orange County as today it was announced that electric vehicle (EV) driver services have arrived in downtown Seal Beach, CA. Seal Beach has installed two charging stations for EVs managed by the ChargePoint® Network located in the beach parking lot near Main Street downtown. The stations are the first installation by the City of Seal Beach and will offer EV charging services as part of the ChargePoint Network, providing drivers EV services including real-time charging station status and reservations. The stations are a part of Coulomb’s $37 million ChargePoint America program, which offers thousands of free EV charging stations for public and home charging to individuals and businesses. The charging stations were supplied and installed by Coulomb regional distributor EV Connect.
The charging stations will be unveiled on Monday, July 11, 2011 at a 5:00 pm press event that includes. A charging demonstration of numerous EVs at the single-outlet stations includes a Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF and Tesla Roadster.
The ChargePoint Network expansion into Seal Beach brings EV drivers easy-to-use unique charging services including the ability to: check real-time status and location of unoccupied charging stations, reserve a charging station, track and report greenhouse gas and gasoline savings, and receive charging status notifications by SMS, email or smart phone (iPhone, Android and Blackberry) applications. Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and all manufacturers of electric vehicle charging stations. All electric vehicle owners are encouraged to try out the new charging stations.
Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program will provide charging stations to program participants in ten regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Sacramento, Calif., San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond/Bellevue, Wash., Washington DC/Baltimore, Southern Michigan (including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit). The program is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and three leading automobile brands: Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA. Coulomb currently has the largest established base of networked charging stations worldwide with more than 4000 systems shipped to more than 700 customers. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations is currently underway in all regions. Businesses interested in free public ChargePoint stations can visit www.chargepointamerica.com to apply.
The $37 million ChargePoint America program is made possible by a $15M grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy. ChargePoint America will provide 4,600 public and home ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations, adding to the existing ChargePoint Network. Coulomb will work together with its distribution and industry partners to evaluate the demand from the respective geographic regions and allocate charging stations based on this and other factors. The ChargePoint America project will collect data characterizing vehicle use and charging patterns. Idaho National Labs will analyze the data. www.chargepointamerica.com
Coulomb Technologies is the leading provider of electric vehicle charging solutions and the ChargePoint Network. Debuting in January 2009, the ChargePoint Network is the largest network of charging stations providing electric fuel to vehicles globally in more than 14 countries. Open to all drivers, plug-in electric vehicles and charging station manufacturers, the network provides corporations, utilities and electric vehicle service providers the software tools, information and control to optimize performance, reduce operational expenses, and achieve greater returns from and EV solution powered by the ChargePoint Network.