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Chevrolet dealerships across the nation will begin installing Coulomb Technologies' Level II ChargePoint charging stations. This move is aimed at providing a means for buyers of the 2011 Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid that is shipping from General Motors' Detroit-Hamtrack assembly plant, to charge up their rides while out and about.
SPX Corporation, Chevrolet's home charging system partner, will handle delivering and installing hundreds of the Level II ChargePoint systems at Chevy dealers throughout the country. The first install is scheduled to take place at a Chevy dealership in Irvine, CA.

Richard Lowenthal, chief executive officer of Coulomb Technologies, said that the deal was good for everyone involved – dealers, drivers and Coulomb:

This partnership means that Chevrolet dealers can showcase the Volt and demonstrate the innovativeness and convenience Coulomb's ChargePoint stations provide.

[Source: Coulomb Technologies]

PRESS RELEASE

Chevrolet to Offer ChargePoint Stations at US Dealerships


Coulomb Technologies today announced that Chevrolet will offer Coulomb's ChargePoint® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for use at its US Chevrolet dealerships in support of the arrival of the award-winning Volt. SPX Corporation (NYSE: SPW), Chevrolet's home charging installation partner, will deliver and install hundreds of Level II 240V ChargePoint charging stations to the Chevrolet dealers. Coulomb has already shipped ChargePoint charging stations to hundreds of customers worldwide, including its first Chevrolet dealership in Irvine, Calif. Additionally, Chevrolet has installed Coulomb ChargePoint networked charging stations in front of their corporate headquarters in Detroit for use by employees and guests.

"This partnership means that Chevrolet dealers can showcase the Volt and demonstrate the innovativeness and convenience Coulomb's ChargePoint stations provide," said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "We are proud to be working with SPX to ensure that the Volt introduction is a great experience for the EV car buyer."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a good idea.

      The first reason is because it's good to show off the cars and the charging infrastructure. People (at least in my area) are buying the Volt to use it off electricity, So having a charger like this lets them both charge vehicles off it before delivery and point at it and say "And another great thing like this is soon chargers like this will dot the landscape. And many of them will be free like this one!"

      The second reason is that car dealers already engage in tactics to get people on the lot. Free barbecues, bouncy castles, I've even seen pony rides. Popping a couple thou to put in a charger could bring a few people on the lot per year and they gotta do something while they charge, maybe you can sell them something.

      This won't have a huge impact for regular drivers unfortunately, except perhaps maybe an occasional EV owner who was in danger of being seriously stranded, but it sure won't hurt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah that's the first thing i thought too. it gets people on the lot. and maybe while they're there they'll ask why their brakes are squeaking, or if that pothole they hit did any damage.

        I think it's curious that they aren't using level 3 chargers, though. while i don't know that much about the chargers (perhaps level 3 doesn't have level 2 plugs?) but i think it would be a better investment for the dealerships. Also, How long do they want people to sit around drinking their coffee and eating their donuts? you can maybe do a 15 min sales pitch to someone who isn't interested in exchange for a free chargeup, but more than that and the people won't come back a second time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No GM vehicle level 3 charges (i.e. the Volt doesn't), Teslas don't level 3 charge and level 3 charging capability isn't even standard on the Leaf.

        Putting in what could easily be all new electric service to the dealership probably just is too expensive for the return, when you just can put in a new 220V branch circuit instead.

        Level 3 chargers alone (not counting install) cost about 5-25x what level 2 ones do, and most level 3 chargers do not provide level 2 capability (some do).
      Noz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are Chevy owners really that bright to begin with? Oh wait...my bad...it's Chevrolet...we don't want to be associated anymore with the crappy Chevy brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think most of the people that will use the Chevy chargers will be Volt owners. The real target will be Nissan Leaf owners. Can you imagine how many of them will have to stop by and get a charge? And while their car is charging they can take a look at the Volt or any of the new Voltec vehicles. If I were Chevy, I would let Nissan owners charge for free as long as they took a test drive of a Chevy Volt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would think that in societies interest, all chargers with the 'standard' plug will be able to charge where ever. "Charger Neutrality" if you will.

        I can understand if Volts get to charge for free, while other models would have to pay, and vice versa at Nissan.

        But, this needs to get sorted out now at the beginning.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a friend who is conniving to charge his Volt at a Nissan dealer based upon last week's story. More in my other post.
        • 4 Years Ago
        According to Chelsea Sexton, there would be many Volt owners who would use the charging facilities.

        http://evchels.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/come-to-the-dark-side/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wast of money for the Volt. The only reason the Volt would need to plug into a public charger is if it had run out of gas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Will Chevy allow charging my Leaf for free?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Sasparilla,
        I think most ChargePoint stations are free right now. Their FAQ says their map indicates which ones charge money, but I've yet to see any station with a $$$ indicator while clicking around at http://www.mychargepoint.net/find-stations.php .
        As I wrote elsewhere, I think EV drivers will get a pre-paid ChargePass just for the security, but will rarely need to use it even if they often use public charging stations.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree as well . . . it is more of the opposite. The Volt has such a small battery that you want to maximize your charging opportunities. Of course, it probably only makes sense if the charging is free or very cheap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not necessarily. If you were enthused enough to pay more than $40k for a 4 seat EREV, you might want to run around on electricity as much as possible (for whatever reason) and a quick recharge (over lunch?) from a Level 2 charger might just be what you want.

        Just as an FYI, I believe the ChargePoint chargers are a charger you pay for as you use it - you have to sign up with ChargePoint and get a card from them to use them and then you pay for the electricity plus their profit margin.

        Ford's video for the Focus Electric, I believe, shows the guy using one of these chargers (along with the need for the Card to activate it).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volts need to be charged before handing over to new owners. There have been reports of Volts being charged at next door Nissan dealerships. Even some photos.
        • 4 Years Ago
        EVNow, your stories are such pathetic bi*** slaps that it is hard to take them, or you, seriously.
        But, more power to Nissan if a Volt charges at a Nissan dealership, the Volt doesn't need it but it will help the Volt owner keep his life time mile per charge as high as possible.
        Bring it on, the more choices the better!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The photo you're referring to is probably the red Volt from Connell Chevrolet being charged next door at ... wait for it... CONNELL Nissan.

        Wow, I wonder how that deal was struck?

        Troll.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what happens when the cars actually exist.

      They install the stations by the hundreds, not one or two at a time paid for courtesy of a heft government handout, like with hydrogen "cars".
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