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City of Anaheim, Calif. Installs First Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for EV

published: 2010-08-05 14:24

Coulomb Technologies, a company in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure, announced that the City of Anaheim (Calif.,) has installed their first ChargePoint® Networked Charging Station for Electric Vehicles (EVs). The charging station is located in the parking structure of the Anaheim West Tower at 201 S. Anaheim Blvd., which is the location of the main office of Anaheim Public Utilities. The city is currently using the Coulomb unit to recharge two city-owned converted plug-in Toyota Prius’. Coulomb’s distributor Clean Fuel Connection was responsible for the sale and will provide maintenance of the charging station. In addition to the City-owned fleet, the ChargePoint station is available for public use.

“The City of Anaheim, like many U.S. locations, had legacy non-networked charging stations installed in the 1990’s,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “These existing stations are throughout the city in employee parking lots, police department, train stations, and their fleet yard, and the City has a plan to replace these old stations with new networked charging stations.”

“The City of Anaheim has a long history of promoting sustainable practices for our operations, employees, and residents,” said a spokesperson for Anaheim Public Utilities. “For example, we have committed that 90% of our light and medium duty fleet will be alt fuel or electric drive based by the year 2020. Installing this Coulomb ChargePoint networked charging station is part of our plan for promoting the use of greener vehicles in our fleets, among our utility customers, and within our city.”

The City of Anaheim new charging station is a part of the ChargePoint® Network, which is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and provides authentication, management, and real-time control for the networked electric vehicle charging stations. 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

--Locate available charging stations by visiting mychargepoint.net and clicking “Find Stations”

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