Campbell, Calif. February 28, 2012 Coulomb Technologies today announced that National Grid, a leading utility in the Northeast, is now providing electric vehicle (EV) drivers with a new and premium charging experience throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. National Grid has completed the installation of more than 30 new charging stations at several host locations. The stations are a part of Coulomb's ChargePoint® Network, the largest network of independently owned charging stations in the world. The utility will help build out the necessary infrastructure for Massachusetts residents to feel good about purchasing electric vehicles throughout the region. National Grid and its hosting partners are offering the public charging services at no cost to EV drivers for a minimum of two years.
“Our goal is to drive the acceleration of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure to prepare for new EV offerings throughout the state and Northeast region,” said Ed White vice president customer & business strategy from National Grid. “ChargePoint Network allows us to offer state-of the-art driver features while integrating EV charging into our smart grid plans, and monitoring the EV charging load. This announcement is a demonstration of our investment in technologies that will help modernize the region's electricity system while offering our customers more sustainable energy options that help to protect our environment."
To locate National Grid’s recently installed stations along with all nearby Coulomb charging infrastructure please visit www.chargepoint.net and click Find Stations.
Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network provides drivers state of the art features including the ability to: help with trip planning, manage the cost of charging, and find and operate public ChargePoint-enabled stations. ChargePoint locations are 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 directly from a smart phone.
Massachusetts currently has approximately 50 EV stations. The addition of these 30 new stations nearly doubles the charging locations currently available to Massachusetts EV drivers. For more information about National Grid's electric vehicle charging station program, visit https://www.powerofaction.com/PEV.
“We are proud to be working closely with National Grid to help this region become EV-ready and drive EV adoption throughout New England,” said Pat Romano president and CEO at Coulomb. “With more than 10 new electric vehicles on the market in 2012, National Grid is providing a solution for managing charging services that ensures their community will be EV-ready.”
The National Grid charging stations were made available through Coulomb’s $37 million ChargePoint America Department of Energy program. Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program will provide charging stations to program participants in ten regions in the United States, including San Antonio/Austin, Texas; Boston; Los Angeles; New York; Orlando/Tampa; Sacramento; San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area; Redmond/Bellevue, Washington; Washington DC/Baltimore; and Southern Michigan (including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit). The program is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and four leading automobile brands, including Ford, Chevrolet, smart USA and BMW.
Any purchaser of a program electric vehicle (Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Focus Electric, BMW ActiveE, Nissan LEAF™ or the smart fortwo electric drive), whose home is located within one of the ten target regions, may be eligible to receive a home charging station at no cost. Please visit www.chargepointamerica.com for more details.
About ChargePoint America 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.
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and develop an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system. In the northeast US, National Grid connects more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.
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 driver billing and support, and the ability and flexibility for organizations to optimize performance of their electric vehicle charging operations. Coulomb Technologies customers include large employers such as Google and SAP; utilities such as Consumer’s Energy, 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 in California and Bellevue Square in Washington State, 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 325 Megawatt hours of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 1,700 charging sessions per day.