Las Vegas, NV, January 9, 2012 – Eaton Corporation and Coulomb Technologies today announced plans to significantly expand the North American footprint of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). Through an agreement between the two companies, Eaton's Level II and DC quick charging Pow-R-Station charging stations will now give station owners the option to be part of Coulomb's ChargePoint® Network, the largest network of independently owned charging stations in the world.
The two companies will showcase electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at the Consumer Electronics Show, January 10-13, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in the North Hall at Booth #6432.
"Eaton is a leader in the creation of the public EV charging station network in North America, which will set the stage for widespread regional adoption of EVs and serve as a global model of sustainable transportation," said Tom Schafer, vice president and general manager, Eaton's Commercial Distribution Products Division. "This collaboration with ChargePoint Network is a critical step to linking vehicles into the utility grid, offering multiple benefits to EV and charging station owners and consumers, including lower fuel costs, a higher return on investment and reduction of greenhouse gases."
Eaton Pow-R-Station charging stations, which can charge a depleted EV in three to four hours, will now have the capability to access all the functionality of the ChargePoint Network and ChargePoint service plans, including a centralized management infrastructure to set up services; automated billing and transaction payment processing; 24/7 driver support; and driver services that show real-time station availability. ChargePoint Network is the largest and fastest-growing EV charging services network, whose independent station owners dispense more electric fuel than those on any other charging network in the world.
"This is a significant announcement for Coulomb as we welcome Eaton to the ChargePoint Network family," said Pat Romano, president and chief executive officer at Coulomb. "This collaboration highlights the success of our OnRamp program that has allowed us to work with Eaton to rapidly enable the family of Pow-R-Stations to work with ChargePoint Network. We are also particularly pleased to have the first DC stations available on the Network."
ChargePoint-enabled Eaton stations will be included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and even start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone. Additionally, these apps allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint Network's station reservation feature. Drivers can locate reservable stations, and then make, view and cancel a reservation time slot directly from a smart phone.
"Eaton's century of excellence in electrical power distribution gives us leading expertise to build a safe and reliable infrastructure that supports the use of electric vehicles. Our wide network of engineers provides the capabilities for auditing, implementing, monitoring, maintaining and supporting charging stations and networks," said Schafer.
Pricing and availability for Eaton's range of ChargePoint-enabled charging solutions will be released in the first quarter of 2012.
Coulomb Technologies is the leading electric vehicle charging solutions company. Coulomb's ChargePoint Network is the largest online global charging network connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in more than 14 countries. Coulomb also provides ChargePoint Network service plans, cloud-based solutions that handle all drivers billing and support, and that give organizations the control and flexibility they need to optimize performance of their electric vehicle charging operations. Coulomb Technologies customers include large employers such as Google and SAP; utilities such as Orlando Utilities Commission and Austin Energy; municipalities such as City of San Francisco and City of New York; large shopping centers such as South Coast Plaza and Bellevue Square; and parking services providers such as Edison Properties and Priority Parking. Open to all charging station manufacturers, stations on ChargePoint Network are currently dispensing over 240 Megawatt hours of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 1,400 charging sessions per day. For more information, visit www.coulombtech.com.
Eaton is an industry leader in EV infrastructure and hybrid electric vehicle technologies. With a range of charging stations currently deployed in Ontario (Canada), Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana and Illinois, Eaton is working to advance the EV charging infrastructure throughout North America. Eaton has a wide range of expertise in other markets that use free-standing electrical charging, including truck-stop electrification, ports, marinas, recreational vehicles, government and major public-sector infrastructure. For more information, contact Eaton EVSE support at 855-ETN-EVSE (855-386-3873) or visit www.eaton.com/plugin.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.