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Electric Vehicle Charging Services Arrive at Oakland International Airport as Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network Expansion Continues into Bay Area

published: 2011-05-19 14:50

The Port of Oakland and Coulomb Technologies announced that electric vehicle (EV) driver services have arrived at Oakland International Airport (OAK) with the installation of eight ChargePoint® Network charging stations for EVs in the Premier Parking Lot.

Oakland International is the first Northern California airport to offer EV charging services as part of the ChargePoint Network, providing drivers EV services including real-time charging station status and reservations.

The ChargePoint charging stations will be unveiled today at a 10:00 am press event at OAK with Port of Oakland Director of AviationDeborah Ale Flint, Coulomb Founder and CTO Richard Lowenthal and a testimonial by a Bay Area EV driver and OAK customer. A charging demonstration of numerous EVs at the eight dual-outlet stations includes a Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF and Tesla Roadster.

“Oakland International Airport and Bay Area EV drivers are aligned in our mutual goal of environmental leadership,” said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland. “We are now ready for the next generation of alternative-powered vehicles and we appreciate that stimulus funding combined with new technology has transformed a vision to reality. Through Coulomb Technologies, we offer eight ChargePoint Network charging stations that can simultaneously serve up to 15 electric vehicles, giving our EV-driving customers the ability to charge while they are traveling or greeting a passenger inside our terminals,” she continued.

“Oakland International has been a long-time leader in environmental stewardship and because of this we are so pleased that the East Bay’s airport is the first in Northern California to install ChargePoint Network charging stations for their customers,” said Richard Lowenthal, Founder and CTO, Coulomb Technologies. “This is another example of the airport’s commitment to renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, leading to a healthier community. Bay Area EV owners now have another reason to choose OAK for their air travel needs.”  

ChargePoint stations are located in OAK’s Premier Lot, located directly opposite the terminals. There is no additional fee for EV charging. Parking rates are priced competitively at $3.00 per 30 minutes for up to 5 hours, and $36.00 for 5 to 24 hours. Other Premier Lot benefits include:

  • Exclusive entry and exit lanes to minimize waiting;
  • Credit Card Express: just swipe the same credit card upon entering and exiting, with no parking ticket to keep track of;
  • Access to the Premier Security Lanes at the terminal security checkpoints – a huge time-saver; and
  • Premier Ambassador Service which includes a free newspaper and water, and outgoing fax service.

The ChargePoint Network expansion into Oakland International Airport brings EV drivers easy-to-use unique charging services including the ability to: check real-time status and location of unoccupied charging stations, reserve a charging station, track and report greenhouse gas and gasoline savings, and receive charging status notifications by SMS, email or smart phone (iPhone and Blackberry) applications. Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and all manufacturers of electric vehicle charging stations.

The ChargePoint stations are a part of Coulomb’s $37 million ChargePoint America program, which offers thousands of free EV charging stations for public and home charging to individuals and businesses.  The charging stations were supplied by Coulomb regional distributor Clean Fuel Connection, which used Bay Area contractor REJ Electric for installation.

Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5,000 charging stations to program participants in ten regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Sacramento, Calif., San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond/Bellevue, Wash., Washington DC/Baltimore, Southern Michigan (including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit).  The program is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and three leading automobile brands: Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA.  Coulomb currently has the largest established base of networked charging stations worldwide with more than 3800 systems shipped to more than 700 customers. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations is currently underway in all regions.

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