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Earlier this week, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group was officially handed keys to its first three Prius Plug-in hybrids (PHEVS). Later this summer, an additional 30 plug-in Priuses will be handed over to various Silicon Valley groups and companies. With plug-in Priuses taking to the roads in the Silicon Valley area, chargers aren't far behind.

Coulomb Technologies will send over its ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations to support Toyota's plug-in Prius program. Coulomb will provide the Silicon Valley Leadership Group with the first charging station, but additional chargers will follow soon. Toyota's rollout of the PHEV Prius demonstrators will eventually include 600 total vehicles, with 150 slated for use in the U.S. Testing of the Prius will help Toyota fine tune it's plug-in technology before releasing a next-gen plug-in Prius to the public in 2012. To learn more about Toyota's Prius demonstration program, click here and don't forget to hit the jump to read more about Coulomb's plans to charge up Silicon Valley.

[Source: Coulomb Technologies]


Silicon Valley Leadership Group Installs Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for EV
Coulomb Provides Infrastructure as First Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids Arrive in Bay Area for U.S. Demonstration Program

Campbell, Calif. June 15, 2010 – Coulomb Technologies today announced that it will provide ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations for EVs to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The ChargePoint stations will be used to fuel the first three Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHV) as Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc launches their U.S. plug-in demonstration program.

The Leadership Group will be the first demonstration program partner to receive vehicles. Keys to the cars will be handed over to the Leadership Group on Tuesday, June 15 at a 11:15 a.m. press conference. Journalists attending will be invited to take brief drives in the Prius PHV which is capable of running on electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds up to 62 mph. The press conference will take place in the parking structure between 1735 and 1741 Technology Drive in San Jose and include the following speakers:
  • Carl Guardino – CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Mary Nickerson – National Manager, Advance Technology Vehicles, Toyota Motor Sales, USA
  • Mike DiNucci – Vice President Strategic Accounts, Coulomb Technologies
  • Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower Corp, who will drive one of the three PHV's' for six weeks.
"Coulomb Technologies played an essential role in facilitating the vehicles acquisition and providing the necessary infrastructure so that SVLG could take part in this program," said Carl Guardino, CEO and president of the SVLG. "Coulomb's ChargePoint charging stations are an example of technology innovation and vision that is here in Silicon Valley. We are pleased today to partner and work with Coulomb and Toyota to further highlight the adoption of electric vehicles in the Bay Area."

A total of 150 PHVs will be delivered to demonstration program partners across the U.S. as part of a global program to demonstrate plug-in hybrid technology, educate and inform the public and capture real-world driving data. A total of 600 Prius PHVs will be deployed around the world, including the 150 in the U.S. Later this summer another 30 of the demonstration program vehicles will be assigned to Silicon Valley groups and companies, including UC Berkeley. As it becomes available, data from the U.S. demonstration programs will be posted on www.toyota.com/esq. The information gathered from the demonstration program will be used in the development of the next generation Prius PHV coming to market in 2012.

"This is an important program as business and civic leaders in our community are now taking part in the future of clean transportation," said Richard Lowenthal CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "The adoption of electric vehicles requires safe, convenient and accessible public infrastructure. We are proud to partner with the Leadership Group to bring more ChargePoint stations into our community."

The network of electric vehicle charging stations is accessible to all plug-in drivers by making a toll free call to the 24/7 number on each charging station, or signing up for a ChargePoint Network monthly access plan and obtaining a ChargePass™ smart card. ChargePoint Network unique features include:
  • Charging status by SMS text or email notification
  • Location of unoccupied charging stations via smart phones
  • Authenticated access to eliminate energy theft
  • Authorized energizing for safety
  • Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future V2G capabilities
  • A ChargePoint iPhone App To locate available charging stations, visit mychargepoint.net and click "Find Stations"
About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 300 of Silicon Valley's most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every four private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.svlg.org or call (408) 501-7853.
About Coulomb Technologies, Inc.

Coulomb Technologies is the leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure with networked charging stations installed in municipalities and organizations worldwide. Coulomb provides a vehicle-charging infrastructure, with an open system driver network: the ChargePoint Network provides multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet managers, Drivers, and Utilities, and ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging and up to 500 Volt DC charging. For more information, follow Coulomb on Twitter at twitter.com/coulombevi. To request a charging station in your area, visit www.mychargepoint.net/request-station.php. To download the ChargePoint iPhone App, click here.

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