The closely held company said in a statement Tuesday that it's seen "exceptional demand" throughout the geographic areas, which include Boston, Los Angeles, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area and parts of Texas and Florida. Coulomb added that home-based charging stations are still available for electric-drive vehicle owners.
Coulomb, in a partnership with automakers such as Ford, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, received a $37-million DOE contract to deploy more than 4,500 stations across the U.S. in June 2010. Annual spending on electric-vehicle charging equipment was forecast last year by Pike Research to jump more than tenfold between 2011 and 2017 to about $4.3 billion. Overall, there are about 2,650 publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations across the U.S., including about 650 in Coulomb's home state of California, according to the DOE.
Exceptional Demand in All Regions for ChargePoint Network Public Electric Vehicles Charging Stations and Services; Home Stations Still Available for EV Drivers
Campbell, Calif., April 10, 2012 Coulomb Technologies today announced the completion of more than 2400 shipments of its public and commercial charging stations for electric vehicles through its ChargePoint® America program. Coulomb has seen exceptional demand in all 10 regions of the program and is finalizing the installation of charging stations within these regions. The ChargePoint America program is made possible by a $15M matching grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy.
"The ChargePoint America program has helped make San Francisco EV-ready," said Melanie Nutter, Director of San Francisco Department of the Environment. "We are investing in the innovation and infrastructure that will make us the EV capitol of the US and help secure our sustainable future."
"In June 2010, ChargePoint America kicked off its national campaign in Orlando – which has been at the forefront of electric vehicles," said OUC Vice President of Sustainable Services Byron Knibbs. "For 89 years, OUC has been evolving to fit the needs of its customers and this strategic partnership with Coulomb ensures the necessary infrastructure is in place to continue to do so well into the future."
Coulomb's ChargePoint America program provides approximately 4500 charging stations to program participants in ten regions in the United States: Austin/San Antonio, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Sacramento, Calif., San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond/Bellevue, Wash., Washington DC/Baltimore, Southern Michigan (including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit). The program is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and six leading automobile brands: Ford, Chevrolet, smart USA, BMW, Nissan and Fisker Automotive.
Any purchaser of a program electric vehicle (Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect Navistar eStar® Electric Truck, Ford Focus Electric, BMW ActiveE, Nissan LEAF™, smart fortwo electric drive or Fisker Karma), whose home is located within one of the ten target regions, may be eligible to receive a home charging station at no cost. Similar to the commercial and public stations, the residential charge stations are connected to the ChargePoint Network and data is being collected to understand the infrastructure utilization. Please visit www.chargepointamerica.com for more details.
"We are proud of our accomplishments and progress of the ChargePoint America program," said Pat Romano, president and CEO at Coulomb Technologies. "We are further laying the groundwork to reduce our dependency on foreign oil in our nation. You can see the results of our grant every day in the US where these charging stations are installed. EVs are good for the automobile industry, good for consumers and good for the economy."
About ChargePoint America
The $37 million ChargePoint America program is made possible in part 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 is providing home and public ChargePoint Networked charging stations. Coulomb has worked 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 is now collecting data characterizing vehicle usage and charging patterns and Idaho National Labs is now analyzing the data.
About Coulomb Technologies, Inc.
Coulomb Technologies is the leading electric vehicle charging solutions company. Coulomb's ChargePoint Network is the largest online global charging network connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in 14 countries. Coulomb also provides ChargePoint Network service plans and cloud-based solutions that handle all driver billing and support. This provides organizations the control and flexibility they need to optimize performance of their electric vehicle charging operations. Open to all charging station manufacturers, stations on ChargePoint Network are currently dispensing over 437 Megawatt hours of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 2400 charging sessions per day.