Electric-vehicle charging-station maker ChargePoint continues to edge its way closer to the gas-station model with its debut of the CT4000 model, which the company says can serve multiple vehicles working off of a single circuit. ChargePoint, formerly known as Coulomb Technologies, says its new product can supply electricity to more vehicles and is cheaper to install than previous units.

Additionally, the CT4000 includes a self-retracting cord and provides owners of publicly accessible stations a chance to run advertisements with its color LCD screen that can display video content. ChargePoint says it has received "hundreds" of orders for the new charging-station model. With 12,000 charge spots in operation, the company operates what it says is the world's largest online network of independently owned electric-vehicle charging stations. Read ChargePoint's press release below.
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ChargePoint's Revolutionary Charging Station Charges Twice the Cars While Dramatically Reducing Cost

New, innovative technology meets surging electric vehicle demand

CAMPBELL, CA – Today, ChargePoint – the largest network of independently owned electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the world – launched its newest advancement in charging technology, the CT4000 Series. This revolutionary new product is the first charging station to meet the needs of the expanding EV market, specifically addressing two major obstacles – the cost of installation and the growing demand for charging spots.

Cumulative sales of electric vehicles reached 100,000 in May 2013, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Authority. Furthermore, in the first half of 2013 alone, sales of EVs increased by over 40 percent. With many major automakers manufacturing new electric vehicles, the number of EVs on the road will continue to increase at an exponential rate, and charging stations are not currently matching the growing demand.

"The electric vehicle market is accelerating at an incredible rate and electric vehicle infrastructure needs to not only pace that growth, but stay ahead of it," said Pat Romano, President and CEO for ChargePoint. "The CT4000 Series changes the equation by offering more charging ports at every station while dramatically cutting installation costs. The CT4000 is truly a customer-centric EV charging station. Its creation is the result of understanding the needs of both drivers and station owners alike."

The CT4000 is the first charging station to offer a power sharing feature, allowing a single circuit to power a dual port charging station, which will double the number of charging locations without increasing installation costs. Other advancements based on customer needs include Clean Cord Technology – a self-retracting, maintenance-free, ultra-lightweight cord management system, which is a standard feature on all CT4000 Series models to make charging an easier and more convenient experience.

In addition, the CT4000 Series offers a first-ever customizable video feature on a color LCD screen allowing station owners to run video content of their choice through ChargePoint's cloud service. Station owners can further customize their CT4000 series charger by using the built-in signage feature (also standard with all models). The interactive instruction video for the CT4000 is consumer-friendly and available in English, Spanish and French.

EV drivers can expect more charging ports and stations in the near future. The new CT4000 Series stations are already in high demand with hundreds of installation orders coming in from current ChargePoint customers, including Google. Currently, ChargePoint has over 12,000 charge spots and a 70%+ market share of networked public charging stations, operating on their cloud service which supports a range of hardware from other manufacturers in addition to ChargePoint's selection of best-in-class models.

About ChargePoint

Recognized as the worldwide leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently-owned EV charging stations in the world – operating in more than a dozen countries with more than 12,000 charging locations. Every 15 seconds someone connects their vehicle to a ChargePoint station.

ChargePoint's best-in-class hardware – as well as various hardware from other manufacturers – is connected to ChargePoint's cloud–based software. This innovative platform provides charging station owners with the control and data they need and want to optimize their charging operations, including billing, access control, and remote driver support. Station owners can monitor and track charging station usage and costs, create pricing structures for charging services, and reward driver loyalty.

ChargePoint provides a free mobile application with real-time data that allows drivers to locate and navigate to unoccupied charging stations. Drivers can also track their charging status and usage, as well as their greenhouse gas and fuel savings. Over 70 percent of all publicly-accessible networked EV charging stations are ChargePoint stations or run on the ChargePoint network and nearly 40 percent of all EV drivers are ChargePoint members. By initiating 2.5 million charging sessions, ChargePoint consumers have saved three million gallons of gasoline and avoided 46 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.
To view CT4000 Series photos, technical specifications, and see additional product information visit www.chargepoint.com/CT4000


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      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      The article forgot to mention that every Chargepoint station I've ever seen is not cost competitive with simply putting gasoline in my Volt.
        Ele Truk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VL00
        Chargepoint stations are not meant for individual sales, they are meant for high use areas, like parking garages where they can charge8-10 cars a day.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ele Truk
          Not sure how that's relevant. He means the prices for charging at the stations (per hour) are too high. Coulomb (ChargePoint) made some home chargers. A friend has one. Honestly, it's not all that great.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Although I greatly appreciate ChargePoint switching to a display which can be read in daylight (and away from VFD), I don't think giving half the charge rate is truly an advance in a lot of places. Not good for places where you charge during the day. But it'll be great for places where you charge overnight or longer, like airports. Make a 4-way model for airports. 1.6kW would be more than enough for long-term parking.
        mustang_sallad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Pretty sure it'll let you charge at full power if only one vehicle is plugged in. It's definitely a huge improvement over what you could previously do with a single 40A circuit.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          sallad: Actually, you can still use this charger with 80A, you just configure it not to do any of the power tricks. If charging services make money, the companies will work to lift the restraints on power. No one is going to half-bake their service and disincent customers if they make money off their customers. The problem is people see charging as a perq right now, instead of a service. It's like free WiFi. Places advertise it and frequently it doesn't work. So you just say "oh well, it was free anyway". But that's a terrible model for charging, because you need the charging to go places. Consistent reliable charging becomes worth enough to you that you'd rather pay for it to ensure higher reliability. If you paid for WiFi in a cafe and it didn't work, you'd complain and get your money back. Enough of that and the cafe would get the WiFi fixed (and keep it fixed) to cut down on the demands for refunds.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          It will let you charge at full power if only one car is plugged in. But I don't see the advance here. Before I could be expected to get a 6.6kW charge if I plugged in. Now I am not sure what I'll get. And in the end, unless the number of circuits is really the limiting factor there is no advantage at all. If the charging service is making money, the company running it will have incentive to put in enough circuits. Then this thing becomes superfluous. Only in cases where you expect to park but not need charging full time (overnight parking) will it have any real advantage.
          mustang_sallad
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          But not every business can simply throw 80A of new service onto their panel without requiring major upgrades. For a given amount of available power, this lets you get the highest utilization. If they were able to pull 80A out of their panel, then two of these stations would make more sense than a single regular dual-head EVSE. Constraints on available power is a fact of life that EV drivers will have to get used to eventually.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some friends used some of these already. ChargePoint sends you an email when your charging rate drops and rises. So even though you end up with a slow charge, at least you know about it. ChargePoint seems to have dropped all their previous models in favor of this one. No more Level 1 stations for them. This model can be configured for power sharing or that can be disabled if you have enough dedicated power for each circuit.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know the details about this, but why couldn't they just run 2 wires(well 4 wires or 6 with ground)...two 40A circuits to one charger? It will give each car the same electricity rate as before, but you only need to install one of these chargers for two parking spaces. I like it that someone is innovating on the Level 2 charging side. I would hope that they are looking into DC fast charging next. I think there is more money in that if they can put it along the highways too.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        You can run just 4 wires, 3 phases and one ground and run 3 chargers off it. 40A each. ChargePoint already supports this in previous models.