By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now
Coulomb Technologies, Inc., the creator of ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations, said it will take its electric vehicle charging stations to Norway. Europe is already familiar with ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations, with locations in Holland, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
“The Scandinavian countries are quite progressive about clean air projects. The Kyoto protocol has some impact as these countries are serious about rolling back emissions. Norway is a proud leader in the EV world because of their company Think Global, which developed one of the premier and early electric vehicles,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies, Inc.
ChargePoint stations are controlled by the ChargePoint Networked Operating System. This software connects all the charging stations to a system that allows for remote station monitoring. The software manages station access, gives current station availability, and supports station maintenance. Customers have online access to multiple tools such as usage reports and charging station behavior.
With their ChargePoint Smart Card, customers can charge their vehicles at any ChargePoint station worldwide. Customers receive a text message when their car is fully charged. The payment process is easy; the stations simply process the driver’s subscription.
The charging stations are compatible with all Electric Vehicles and even Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
While there are some ChargePoint Charging Stations in the United States, the company is planning on that number rising soon. “We think that by 2015, Europe and the US will each need 2 million charging stations,” said Richard Lowenthal.
As far as pricing goes, electricity is cheaper than gasoline depending on your location. “In California gasoline is now about 14 cents a mile (23 mpg average and $3.10 for a gallon of gas) and our pricing is around 5 cents a mile for charging at our stations,” said Lowenthal.
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