Plug-in vehicle drivers may be associated with the oh-so-warm and fuzzy and peaceful green movement, but there's apparently some static being caused at offices with on-site vehicle chargers and the frustration that happens when all the chargers are in use. Enough so that someone coined a new phrase: "charge rage." To the rescue comes the largest maker of said chargers with a new set of solutions to try and keep the peace.
Anyone not satisfied with merely having a mortgage and a car payment, now you can have a payment plan on your plug-in vehicle charging station, too. Granted, this is more for business owners looking to provide publicly available charging stations, but ChargePoint (née Coulomb Technologies) is setting up a financing program for anyone looking to take the plunge.
One distributor of ChargePoint electric-vehicle charging stations is making an offer some owners of Ecotality's Blink stations may not be able to refuse. National Car Charging will offer dual-port Blink station owners a $2,200 trade-in credit for ChargePoint's new CT400 station and a $1,200 trade-in credit for single-port Blink station owners, according to the website Dontblinknow.biz. ChargePoint was formerly known as Coulomb Technologies and started selling the CT400 this summer, which feature
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.
Like patrons at the end of a long night, automakers and charging companies can sometimes be seen leaving the bar arm in arm. Coda with Mr. Electric. Holden with Better Place. Nissan with GE. Smart USA with Coulomb. Toyota with Leviton. BMW with AeroVironment.
Coulomb Technologies' big news at EVS26 was a collaboration with Fuji Electric Corporation of America to add Fuji's 25-kW DC Quick Charging Stations into the ChargePoint Network. In fact, the very first such charger on the network was sitting there in the booth, and actual deployment in the U.S. is scheduled for later this year. Coulomb is already neck-deep in actual deployments of electric vehicle charging stations: more that 6,300 non-residential stations are online now and Coulomb says that a
Coulomb Technologies, which in 2010 set out to install 4,500 electric-vehicle charging stations throughout 10 U.S. regions as part of a U.S. Department of Energy Department (DOE) plan, has shipped more than 2,400 public and commercial stations and is finalizing the installation of the commercial stations earmarked by the DOE in its ChargePoint America program.
Ready to take your all-electric car on a road trip? If you're headed along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 2013 might just be your year. The plan is to install EV charging stations in all 17 of the service plazas along the highway by June 30 of that year. Each plaza will get one Level 2 charging stations and two DC fast chargers, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Kevin Sunday told Essential Public Radio. The first stations will be put in in the spring of 2012.
Plug-in vehicle charging stations are still a bit of a rarity here in the United States and, while 400 additional chargers won't make for a nation that's blanketed with the technology, we'll certainly take all the charging points we can get.
Residents of Florida now have even more incentive to ditch their gasoline-burning vehicles in favor of an electric automobile. In the past year, Florida has become a plug-in vehicle hot spot. Well, sort of. There's a chicken and egg issue going on.
Despite the fact that BMW selected AeroVironment (AV) as its "preferred provider" of electric vehicle charging equipment, accessories and installation services for its Active E, the German automaker has teamed with Coulomb Technologies, not AV, to jointly announce that "drivers of the forthcoming BMW Active E all-electric vehicle will be able to take advantage of the expansion of the ChargePoint Network into the Boston Metro."
Showcased during the Plug-in 2011 Conference, Coulomb Technologies has revealed two of its latest additions to its ChargePoint networked charging station lineup. Both chargers – dual-port Level 2 models based on Coulomb's CT2020 – provide two 7.2-kilowatt ports and have been specifically designed for the North American market. With the CT2025, charging is delivered via two standard SAE J1772 connectors attached to self-retracting cords. The CT2021 (pictured) makes due without the win
At the Plug-In 2011 Conference in Raleigh, NC, last week, Coulomb Technologies announced it will partner with TomTom to provide tools to help EV drivers locate charging stations. Some manufacturers have built brand-specific charging point location into the navigation systems included on their vehicles and the Coulomb solution will spot stations that are part of their own ChargePoint Network.
According to the latest Pike Pulse report, two electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) companies stand out among the competition in strategy and execution: Coulomb Technologies and Ecotality, with one above the other.
In honor of Earth Day 2011, Coulomb Technologies has announced that it will send free ChargePass cards to plug-in vehicle owners through the end of April 2011, waving the usual sign-up fee. According to Coulomb, by creating a ChargePass account and activating the free card, plug-in vehicle drivers will have access to the world's largest network of charging stations.
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.