Building out networks of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles is one of the biggest business opportunities that could be produced by a large scale transition to electric vehicles. With shorter range urban vehicles being the most likely BEVs to be useful to people, they will need somewhere to re-energize. Coulomb Technologies is one of a number of companies going down this path, along with Better Place.

Coulomb has inked a distribution deal with ChargePoint Pty Ltd to install the Chargpoint outlets in Australia. The companies are currently negotiating pilot installation projects in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne in anticipation of new EVs coming to market in the next few years.

Meanwhile, Better Place – known for its efforts to promote fast battery change systems – is in talks to install its charging stations in the capital city of Canberra. The Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Jon Stanhope wants to have a percentage of the government's vehicle fleet replaced with electrics by 2012. Getting governments involved to help get a critical mass of plug-in vehicles in place will be necessary in order to make the networks financially viable.

[Sources: Coulomb Technologies, Australian Broadcasting Company]

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Coulomb Technologies Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles Come to Australia


CAMPBELL, Calif.--Coulomb Technologies, the leader in networked electric vehicle charging stations today announced it has signed ChargePoint Pty Ltd to an exclusive distribution agreement in Australia.

ChargePoint Pty Ltd now offers Coulomb's ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations throughout Australia and is currently in advanced discussions with a number of government and private sector partners for pilot projects in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne which are all due to commence in the first half of 2010. The pilot projects will be used to evaluate charging behavior, energy grid load analysis and environmental and societal impacts.

The first mass produced electric vehicles will arrive in Australia in 2010. Most manufacturers expected to release models in 2012, which will create demand for ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations in the local market.

"ChargePoint Pty Ltd is enabling consumers and partners to be part of the electric car revolution in Australia by providing convenient plug-in facilities and services," said Luke Grana, Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint Pty Ltd. "Coulomb Technologies is the only company we have found that has examined every facet of electric vehicle charging technology and developed the most comprehensive solution for partners. We are proud to have entered into this exclusive partnership to implement their technology in our market."

"We are excited about bringing Coulomb ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations to Australia and the opportunity to partner with ChargePoint Pty Ltd Australia," said Richard Lowenthal, the Chief Executive Officer of Coulomb Technologies. "We firmly believe Australia will grow to become one of our key markets when electric cars really take off."

Senior Research Fellow in smart grids and electric vehicles from Curtin University in West Australia, Dr. Andrew Simpson, says not only will consumers benefit from electric vehicle transportation, this technology will also improve the management of network loads for energy providers.

"Numerous studies have shown that there is the capacity for many electric vehicles to charge at off-peak times which can utilize grid assets more-effectively. This means cheap energy can be sold to electric motorists through infrastructure such as the ChargePoint® Network.

"There is a heightened awareness that electric transport is the way forward – electric cars are more sustainable, they will be affordable and can potentially emit zero emissions. The increasing support of governments, energy companies and consumers will result in the rapid expansion of this market in the coming years," he said.

About ChargePoint Pty Ltd

ChargePoint Pty Ltd, with headquarters in Sydney, is considered a pioneer in the e-mobility industry. The ChargePoint Network enables electric vehicle drivers the convenience of charging their battery at home, and public locations including curbside, workplace and shopping centers. Consumers subscribe to the ChargePoint Network and receive a ChargePoint Smart Card that allows them to charge their car at any ChargePoint Networked Charging Station Australia wide. The ChargePoint Network includes charging stations, consumer subscription plans and utility grid management technology for electric utility companies to smooth electrical demands on the grid. For more information on ChargePoint Pty Ltd, visit: www.chargepoint.com.au

About Coulomb Technologies, Inc.

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, which includes an open system driver network: the ChargePoint Network provides multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet managers, Subscribers, and Utilities http://www.mychargepoint.net, and ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120V 16A to 240V 80A AC charging to future 120kW DC charging, and all US charging stations are SAE J1772™ compliant. For more information, please visit http://www.coulombtech.com and follow Coulomb on Twitter at http://twitter.com/coulombevi.

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