San Jose, Calif., July 29, 2010 — Coulomb Technologies installed its first Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles in San Jose, Calif. for 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.
“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 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.
The program is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and three 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.
The $37 million ChargePoint America program is made possible by a $15 million 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.