Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging in Washington D.C.

Coulomb Technologies, along with District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, unveiled its first ChargePoint networked electric vehicle charging station in Washington D.C on November 16th as a part of its $37 million ChargePoint America program. The first public curbside 240V Level II Coulomb ChargePoint station is now installed at the Franklin D. Reeves Center located at 2000 14th Street, in northwest DC. The installation of the ChargePoint station was done by PEPCO and Coulomb distributor NovaCharge, LLC.

In the greater metropolitan D.C. area, Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program is now offering hundreds of free EV charging stations for public and home charging to individuals and businesses. Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program is made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy. The objective is to accelerate the development and production of electric vehicles to substantially reduce petroleum consumption, reduce greenhouse gas production, and create jobs.

“The ChargePoint America program is bringing networked charging infrastructure to communities across the United States,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO at Coulomb Technologies. “We’re bringing jobs to these communities right now and a burgeoning industry for the future; and of course ChargePoint America gives the people of Washington DC a new transportation fuel choice.”

Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program will provide 4,600 FREE charging stations in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Texas; Southern Michigan; Los Angeles; New York; Orlando, Florida; Sacramento, California; the San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area; Bellevue and Redmond, Washington; and Washington D.C. and is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and three leading automobile brands: Chevrolet, Ford, and smart USA. Coulomb has the largest established base of networked charging stations worldwide with more than 850 units shipped to more than 200 customers. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations is underway now in all nine regions.

“The installation of these chargers represents yet another transportation option for people who live, work or visit the District,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. “We are pleased with the District’s continued efforts to support a reduced carbon footprint and a more sustainable environment.”

Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and all manufacturers of plug-in vehicle charging stations. ChargePoint Network’s unique features include:

  • The ability for a station owner to set fees for use of their stations
  • The ability for drivers to access stations via contactless credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover)
  • 24/7/365 telephone driver support via a toll free number on all charging stations
  • Smart Grid ready with built in Utility Grade Capable Metering, Time of Use (TOU) pricing and Demand Response (DR) control
  • Smart Phone applications to find unoccupied stations, navigate to them, and operate them
  • Low operating cost through remote monitoring, alerts, diagnosis, and control

ChargePoint America will deploy free public and home charging stations to individuals and businesses. Organizations in and around the metro Washington DC area interested in receiving free 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 for a free home charging station. Additionally, the ChargePoint America web site provides a way for drivers to suggest public locations for charging stations.

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. 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 systems and application services, with the ChargePoint Network now operating in 14 countries, and Network Operations Centers in the U.S., London, and Hong Kong. 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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