ChargePoint, a leading supplier of US charging station networks, has introduced its New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Mobile Application for iPhone and Android smart phones. It's the company's newest ChargePoint EV charging station app with a redesigned look, offering users information on "all EV charging stations installed in the United States," not just those placed by ChargePoint.

EV drivers have access to just about anything they'd like to know, such as which stations cost money (and how much), real-time charging status and how far they are from their locations. The app is available for free, and also provides users with direct access to their social network accounts including Facebook and Twitter. Users can make charging station reservations, payments and find location information. The app will store data from past charging experiences that will direct you later to your favorite station with real-time data – directions, station availability, status of your current or most recent charging session and the ability to start and stop a charging session directly from your phone.

ChargePoint claims to be the largest EV global charging network, and that may be the case. The app shows more than 10,000 EV charging spots on the ChargePoint network, and thousands more outside that network that are available in the US, just as EV drivers had requested. The new service offers the easiest way to find any EV charging station anywhere in North America, said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. That's a tall order. There are a lot of charging stations being installed lately and they're coming from several different suppliers who aren't necessarily sharing information.

The new app should come in handy as EV owners are finding out that fees are being tacked onto charging stations more and more, and not long ago it was free. Many of the drivers would be looking for free charging or the lowest rate at the most convenient access point during their drive.

The new service is free, but some of the features require registering for a free account and ChargePoint card at the website. For those looking for a hands-on experience, drop by ChargePoint's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January. The company is promising a new "charging station innovation" for the show, as well.
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ChargePoint Introduces New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Mobile Application for iPhone and Android

Campbell, Calif., December 10, 2012 ChargePoint today introduced its newest electric vehicle charging station mobile application for all iPhone and Android smart phones. With a new user experience and redesigned look, the ChargePoint EV charging station app now features all EV charging stations installed in the United States, not just those on the ChargePoint network. Additionally, EV drivers can now easily identify which stations have pricing and exactly how far they are from their location. Available for free, the updated ChargePoint EV charging station app also provides EV drivers direct access to their social network accounts including Facebook and Twitter.

"ChargePoint is the world's largest electric vehicle global charging network," said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. "One feature EV drivers have requested is the ability to navigate, access and charge at any electric vehicle charging station, not just those on the ChargePoint network. With more than ten thousand EV charging spots on the ChargePoint network and thousands more out of the network this is the easiest way to find any EV charging station anywhere in North America."

ChargePoint provides the industry's first and only EV charging station mobile app that give drivers real-time charging station status, detailed station information including pricing and the ability to view your home charging station. EV drivers can make EV charging station reservations, payments and find location information.

The ChargePoint EV charging station mobile app allows EV drivers to:
  • Find charging stations near you or near any specified address.
  • Get turn-by-turn directions to charging stations.
  • See the real-time availability of charging stations: Available or In Use.
  • Load detailed maps quickly. Drivers can switch between map view and list view for simple navigation.
  • Add, remove and recall your favorite places to charge.
  • Create a new ChargePoint account directly from your phone.
  • Start and stop charging sessions directly from your smart phone. (*)
  • Get directions from your current location to where your EV is charging. (*)
  • Get status on your current or most recent EV charging session: energy used, greenhouse gas savings and charging time. (*)
  • Receive real-time notifications of your current charging session. (*)
(*) Some features require a free ChargePoint driver account. Visit http://www.chargepoint.com to create your account and sign up for a ChargePoint card.

To learn more about ChargePoint, visit us at CES between January 8-11, 2013 inside the GoElectricDrive Tech Zone, booth #2826 (LVCC North Hall).

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to deliver turnkey electric vehicle charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state of the art features including the ability to locate reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint Network is open to all charging station manufacturers. Stations on ChargePoint are currently dispensing over 812 Megawatt hours of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 4100 charging sessions per day. As an award-winning privately-held startup headquartered in Silicon Valley we're always looking for the best talent! If you're a high-energy, talented professional interested in an exciting career opportunity, visit our careers page or send your resume to jobs@chargepoint.com.

Follow ChargePoint on Twitter @chargepointnet.


ChargePoint and DBT USA to Showcase Joint Electric Vehicle Charging Station Innovation at the Consumer Electronics Show, 2013

Campbell, Calif. December 19, 2012 ChargePoint, the world's largest network of independently owned EV charging stations and DBT USA, the Chicago-based subsidiary of European EV charging infrastructure leader DBT will showcase a joint EV charging station innovation at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. With more than 10,000 charging stations installed in 32 countries and three continents across the globe, DBT will make a major step in the US EV charging station market with a new product to be announced during CES. The companies will showcase the joint solution on January 8-11, 2013 inside the GoElectricDrive Tech Zone, booth #2826 (LVCC North Hall) and DBT USA booth #2931 (LVCC, North Hall).

With experience in both Level II and DC electric vehicle charging technology for fleet, workplace and public charging, DBT offers the best in class hardware architecture. Known for durability and quality manufacturing, the Company has been in business for more than 20 years and is a major partner of several automakers, including Nissan in Europe for the installation of next-generation DC quick chargers.

ChargePoint is the leading EV charging station software solutions provider in the US, with the world's largest online network of independently owned charging stations. Based in the Silicon Valley, the ChargePoint network accounts for more than 812 Megawatt hours of energy each month currently dispensed through its stations, with drivers plugging in for more than 4,100 charging sessions per day.

About DBT:

DBT USA is the Chicago (IL)-based subsidiary of European pioneer DBT-CEV, an engineering company specialized in Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure solutions. DBT has been designing, developing and manufacturing a wide range of EV charging stations since 1992, with 10,000 charging points installed in more than 30 countries worldwide. A world-renown leader in e-mobility solutions, DBT has developed a portfolio of customized normal and fast-charging solutions for public and fleet applications. The company is currently involved in mass deployment of hundreds of DC fast chargers across Europe. For more information about DBT, please visit www.dbtus.com or follow us on Twitter (@dbtusa).

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to deliver turnkey electric vehicle charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state of the art features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the free ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all charging station manufacturers. As an award-winning privately-held startup headquartered in Silicon Valley we're always looking for the best talent! If you're a high-energy, talented professional interested in an exciting career opportunity, visit our careers page or send your resume to jobs@chargepoint.com. Follow ChargePoint on Twitter @chargepointnet.


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      Rotation
      • 4 Months Ago
      The app is still really poor. For example, search for Palo Alto, CA and look at the Stanford Shopping Center. You will see a an extra white bubble alongside the chargepoint stations. It is presumably the DC fast charger that is there. Except it's in the wrong spot. And it doesn't mention it's CHAdeMO only. So that's useless. And the Android version of the app under the options button and then more shows the Apple System Update application icon next to "check for update". Come on guys, you can't use Apples icons (that one at least) even in your apps you make for Apple's phones, using it on Android is copyright infringement.
        aatheus
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        As a Leaf driver, I would refute your comment that the Stanford charger is useless. Useless to you, sure, but the Tesla chargers are useless to me. Maybe they should add an icon that indicates CHAdeMO or Tesla? Plugshare's app does that.
          Rotation
          • 4 Months Ago
          @aatheus
          I didn't say the charger was useless. I said that the ChargePoint map is useless for this because you can't tell what kind of charger it is. This means over 50% of EV/EREV drivers who show up to it wil find they can't charge off it. If they find it, which they might not because the bubble is in the wrong spot anyway. All the "in-network" chargers indicate their type on ChargePoint, until their non-network chargers on their map are in the right spots and show what kind they are, those bubbles are pretty useless. The charger is in the right spot on plugshare and indicates its type. As a separate ting, it turns out the charger is nearly useless. You need a special card to run it, and the link to buy cards is dead and has been for a while. When the link wasn't dead you had to buy charges 3 at a time on a $21 card, so $7 for $2 worth of electricity.
        Joeviocoe
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Not everything is a copyright violation. Apple lets 3rd party apps use a lot of the Apple made styling, such as the bubble type SMS app style. But if Apple lets the 3rd Party app use it, they cannot tell them, "only for iOS". Apple would have to specifically take over the IP of the whole 3rd party app. Or specify that the 3rd party app can only be made for iOS. Like the Chipotle app. For years, we've been asking for an Android version. But legal battles are sticky. Bottom line.... Apple figures that some styling that would normally be proprietary, is better off released to open use by 3rd party app developers, but once that happens, those devs don't necessarily have to keep their app on iOS, nor do they have to recode.
          Rotation
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          This is not one of the the icons Apple lets them use at all. It is the software update icon from Mac OS (globe with arrows around it). Apple doesn't allow 3rd parties to use it on Mac OS, on iOS or anywhere. And absolutely Apple can say you can only use their IP only on iOS if they want. It's called licensing. You want to use the image, you agree to the licensing terms. The terms may include where you can use it. You're just wrong on this. I don't know what's up with the Chipotle app not being on Android.
      • 4 Months Ago
      First let me say that I respect Coulomb for all the many things they do right. So with respect, I state the following. I brought up and reviewed the new EV Charging Finder webpage (I assume the app is similar) https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point It does list a few non-chargepoint/(Coulomb-equipment - aka EVSE). It does not list all of them, or even most of the long time existing non-chargepoint -EVSE. It also does not allow for user comments/corrections/moment-by-moment updates like the better EV Charging Finder app/sites. IMO Here are two in order of ease of use: recargo.com & carstations.com . For plugin drivers, I recommend they primarily use the two EV Charging Finder app/sites I mentioned above. They are well maintained by fellow plugin drivers, and plugin advocates (like myself, since 1990). {brucedp.150m.com}
        Richard Lam
        • 4 Months Ago
        I've been using the Carstations app for about a year now, and I have to say that app needs some serious bug fixing. It commonly fails to detect my current location, and not showing any stations at all. Quitting it and restarting it doesn't work half the time and various other things. Its kind of abandonware compared to the quality ChargePoint app. Now if Colomb adds the ability for users to add the station, it would be great!
      diesel912turbo
      • 4 Months Ago
      Looking at what Washington state had done with the annual tax on EVs, The next tax will be on the charging stations. I love the ironic part of how there are tax breaks to put charging stations in, and then no cost charging, next is the tax on charging stations.
        Ryan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @diesel912turbo
        Looks like I won't be living in Washington state anytime soon.