Inside ChargePoint | 11/30/2017

Celebrating 10 Years of Electric Mobility

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10 Years of e-Mobility

When ChargePoint was founded in 2007, there were only a handful of EV models cruising the streets. Now, there are over 1 million EVs in North America and Europe, and every week seems to bring a major new EV announcement.

We've achieved a lot in the last 10 years, but our greatest point of pride is helping get more drivers into EVs and make EV charging work for all types of businesses. 

Check out some milestones from the last decade of electric mobility:

A Decade of Electric

Mobility looks much different today than in the days of GM EV1. Thanks to everyone who helped blaze the trail for EVs across North America and Europe. Here are some milestones from along the way.



ChargePoint founded as
Coulomb Technologies
9.13.07—inspired by
Richard Lowenthal



Tesla races onto the scene with the Tesla Roadster

ChargePoint patents smart EV charging technology



EVs get a major boost with $2 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Proterra sells its first electric buses to Foothills Transit in Pomona, California

The first ChargePoint® charging station comes online in downtown San Jose, California



Nissan LEAF gives drivers the first mass-market all-electric option since the GM EV1 in 1996

GM delivers the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid with almost 40 miles of electric range

SAE J1772™ becomes the North American standard for electrical connectors for charging EVs, setting the stage for their expansion

ChargePoint America program begins; will install 4,600 stations across the U.S.



The ChargePoint app helps EV pioneers find convenient places to charge

The State of California decides that EV charging stations are not electric utilities, allowing businesses to set fees for charging



Renault makes a splash with the ZOE, which becomes a best-seller in Europe

ChargePoint installs its 10,000th charger in North America

Tesla Model S brings luxury and longer range to the EV market

Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order calls for 1.5 million EVs in California by 2025

California creates EV Ready Building Code requirements through CALGreen



EV options expand as more automakers deliver new EV models, including the BMW i3, Ford Fusion Energi and Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV

8 states come together to encourage EV ownership with the Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding

ChargePoint debuts the first commercial EV charger with cord management to keep charging cords off the ground



ChargePoint drivers complete 5 million charging sessions

ChargePoint Express DC fast stations let drivers charge up in even less time

California Senate Bill 454 establishes the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act, letting EV drivers charge without a membership or subscription

U.S. Department of Energy creates Alternative Fuels Data Center to track public charging spots



ChargePoint makes home charging easy with the ChargePoint Home EV charger

The UN recognizes ChargePoint for tackling climate change at COP21 in Paris

California Senate Bill 1234 makes it easier to get a permit for EV charging at home

Senate Bill 350 requires California utilities to propose transportation electrification programs

Kansas City Power & Light launches Clean Charge Network to put 1,000 charging stations across Kansas and Missouri



Chevy Bolt EV hits the market as the first affordable, long-range EV

ChargePoint simplifies charging for fleet drivers and condo residents

Columbus, Ohio, wins the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge

EV sales in Canada exceed 10,000 units for the first time



ChargePoint Express Plus gets ready for the next 10 years of EV charging with speed and scalability

EVs have a banner year with the release of the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Clarity, Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius Prime, Tesla Model 3 and other new models

SCE, SDG&E and PG&E all create successful EVSE incentive programs

ChargePoint receives the first ENERGY STAR® certification for EV charging

Cummins, Tesla and Daimler up the ante with all-electric semi trucks

Volkswagen settlement designates $2.7 billion for state clean transportation projects

ChargePoint lets drivers charge by simply tapping their phone on a station

The future is bright

  • 2019

    All new Volvo models to be electrified

  • 2020

    Jaguar Land Rover commits to electrifying all new models

  • 2022

    Hyundai to have 8 EV models available

    Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault to launch 12 new EVs

    Daimler commits to 10 EV models

  • 2023

    GM delivers 20 EV models

  • 2025

    Norway will sell only zero-emission vehicles

    BMW brings out 12 all-electric vehicles

  • 2030

    Netherlands and India ban petrol and diesel vehicle sales

    Honda aims for two-thirds of vehicles to be electric

  • 2032

    Scotland phases out sales of petrol vehicles

  • 2040

    France and UK prohibit petrol vehicle sales

Thanks to all of you who have made the last 10 years such an incredible journey. If you haven’t jumped on the EV bandwagon yet, hop on board and buckle your seatbelt—you’re in for an unbeatable ride.

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