Detroit, September 2, 2010 – Coulomb Technologies installed its first ChargePoint networked electric vehicle charging station in Michigan 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 southern Michigan – from Grand Rapids to Ann Arbor to Lansing to Detroit.
The first ChargePoint America station is now installed at NextEnergy headquarters in downtown Detroit. Installation of the ChargePoint station was done by Coulomb distributor Shocking Solutions.
Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5,000 charging stations in nine regions in the U.S.: Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Bellevue/Redmond, Wash., and Washington D.C.
Coulomb is a strategic partnership with three leading automobile makers: Ford, General Motors and Smart USA. Coulomb currently 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.
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, authenticated access to eliminate energy theft and smart grid integration for utility load management with future V2G capabilities.