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Chargepoint America Provides Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Coulomb's CT2000 pole-mounted charging station.
Coulomb’s CT2000 pole-mounted charging station.

Coulomb Technologies has announced that Central Florida is the first to install a ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles as a part of the $37 million ChargePoint America program. Orlando is set to immediately receive hundreds of free home and public ChargePoint stations for EVs as major automotive manufacturers introduce their vehicles in the Orlando region. Orlando commemorated the occasion with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at Orlando City Hall Plaza that included special guests City of Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer; Orange County Government, Florida, Mayor Richard T. Crotty; Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) Board President, Katie Porta; Coulomb Technologies Executive Vice President, Bret Sewell and NovaCharge President, Helda Rodriguez. Additionally, the smart fortwo electric drive was showcased by smart USA.

Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5,000 charging stations to program participants in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Bellevue/Redmond in Washington State, and Washington DC, and is a strategic partnership with three leading automobile brands, including 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 in 2009. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations for electric vehicles are beginning now in all nine designated regional metropolitan areas of the U.S.

“We are also thrilled that the beautiful city of Orlando is the kickoff of our summer tour to raise awareness of the ChargePoint America program delivering infrastructure for EV to cities across the country,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO at Coulomb Technologies. “Orlando is leading the charge and is the recipient of the first installed ChargePoint station under the ChargePoint America program. The installation of these home and public charging stations will create employment for hundreds of people in Central Florida and provide the essential infrastructure necessary for the future of transportation.”

“This strategic partnership with the ChargePoint America Program will propel Orlando’s efforts to advance electric vehicle mobility by providing the needed infrastructure,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Through the City’s GreenWorks Orlando program, we have focused on investing in energy efficiencies which has already led to the construction and completion of six LEED-certified Orlando Fire Stations; the construction of the first LEED-certified NBA facility, and being selected as one of 24 Solar American Cities by the U.S. Department of Energy. These efforts help us protect the environment and save our residents money.”

“I am delighted to support the Charge Point America program,” said Orange County, Florida Mayor Richard T. Crotty. “Orange County Government has been aggressively converting its fleet to non-petroleum fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, and hydrogen, cutting our petroleum consumption by 20 percent. This EV charging station is another important step toward becoming a greener community.”

“For more than 85 years, OUC has provided reliable electric service to homes and businesses throughout Orlando, and now, as we look toward the future, we want to ensure that we can provide that same reliable service to power our customers’ electric cars as well,” said OUC’s Porta, adding that the utility will use this opportunity to better understand the technical requirements of an EV infrastructure and its impact on the OUC system as well as analyzing the various business applications associated with the EV market.

ChargePoint America will offer both public and home charging stations to individuals and businesses. Businesses interested in receiving public charging stations should visit the ChargePoint America web site 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
  • Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future V2G capabilities

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 by October 2011, adding to the existing ChargePoint Network. The remaining stations will be installed by September 2011. 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, and Purdue University and Idaho National Labs will analyze the data.

Coulomb Technologies is the leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure with networked charging stations installed in municipalities and organizations worldwide. Coulomb provides a vehicle-charging infrastructure, with an open system driver network: the ChargePoint Network provides multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet managers, Drivers, and Utilities, and ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging and up to 500 Volt DC charging.

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