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Posted on August 12, 2010 by  & 

Coulomb's 1st ChargePoint America EV charging stations

IDTechEx believes that pure electric and plug in hybrid on-road vehicles planned by Fiat, Nissan and most other automotive companies will sell in millions yearly within a decade because the essential away-from-base charging stations will have been installed in adequate numbers at appropriate places. That means something of the order of 100,000 charging points within five years, these being concentrated in the regions where that adoption will take place. So far the most charging stations are being installed in certain US and UK city areas, Denmark, Israel and three or four other places. However, it is rare to hear of a scheme involving more than 1000 charging points ie capability to charge more than a few thousand vehicles in a 24 hour period. We need faster charging and ten times that number of installations soon if the vehicle rollouts are to be credible.
One of the more active companies, Coulomb Technologies, recently announced the installation of its first Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles in San Jose, California from its $37 million ChargePoint America program. ChargePoint America will offer hundreds of free stations for public and home charging to individuals and businesses throughout the Bay Area including San Jose for use by individual vehicle owners and by fleets.
However, although surveys have shown that people want to charge their cars preferably at home followed by at work, of those wanting to charge at home, statistically in the United States, 60% do not have a garage in which to park the car, according to Tom Tormey, VP for product development at Coulomb Technologies. The problem is even more serious for urbanites where more than 80% live in multi-family dwellings: apartments, flats, and condominiums with shared or no parking at all. And on street parking in major cities is invariably full when you need it.
Coulomb is working with Ford, Chevrolet and Smart USA, all of whom have announced plans to introduce EVs in the Bay Area. The first two ChargePoint America stations are now installed at the McEnery Convention Center Parking Center.
The ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations were unveiled at a press conference at the McEnery Convention Center Parking Center Second Level , 150 W. San Carlos Street San Jose, Calif. 95113. Mayor Chuck Reed, Coulomb CEO Richard Lowenthal, Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino and former San Francisco 49er Roger Craig presented. Also attending the ceremony were ChargePoint America program vehicle partners Ford and smart USA.
"The installation of San Jose 's first ChargePoint America station is an important step forward in our efforts to make the Bay Area the Electric Vehicle Capital of America," said Mayor Chuck Reed. "Our partnership with Coulomb Technologies is the perfect example of how Silicon Valley can lead the world in clean tech innovation and create new green jobs in our community."
"Coulomb's first customer was the City of San Jose and we're pleased to be back, both to welcome the electric vehicle transformation to Silicon Valley and also to bring jobs to install and maintain electric vehicle infrastructure," said Richard Lowenthal CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "Thanks to our $37 Million ChargePoint America program, San Jose will be one of the first cities in the nation to enable its residents to buy vehicles that don't pollute and don't depend on oil."
Coulomb's ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5,000 charging stations to program participants in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Bellevue/Redmond, Wash., and Washington DC and is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and three leading automobile makers: Ford, Chevrolet and Smart USA.
Coulomb currently has the largest established base of networked charging stations worldwide with more than 700 units shipped to more than 130 customers. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations is underway now in all nine regions.
ChargePoint America will offer both public and home charging stations to individuals and businesses. Businesses in and around the Bay Area interested in receiving free public charging stations should visit the ChargePoint America web site External Link and sign up by completing the application form. Individuals interested in purchasing an EV should sign up to receive more information about qualifying to receive a home charging station. Additionally, the ChargePoint America web site provides a way for drivers to suggest public locations for charging stations.
Coulomb's ChargePoint® Network is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and provides authentication, management and real-time control for the networked electric vehicle charging stations. ChargePoint Network's unique features include:
  • Charging status by SMS text or email notification
  • Location of unoccupied charging stations via smart phones
  • A ChargePoint iPhone App
  • Authenticated access to eliminate energy theft
  • Authorized energizing for safety
  • A billing system for those station owners who want drivers to pay for charging
  • Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future V2G capabilities
Pure electric and plug in hybrid on-road electric vehicles may still fail to achieve the millions a year level because most people refuse to buty a vehicle with only 100 miles range and that is the best that is on offer for mainstream vehicles in most countries for the next few years. However, nothing is certain. it is going to be an interesting ride.
For more attend: Future of Electric Vehicles which uniquely covers the whole electric vehicle market - land, sea, air whether hybrid or pure EV - with emphasis on future breakthroughs.
Source: Coulomb Technologies
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