By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Watch out San Francisco, youâ€™re not the only city striving to put electric cars on the road. Today, youâ€™ll be joined by Elk Horn, Iowa, where Coulomb Technologies is installing EV charging stations.
After a ribbon-cutting today, four ChargePoint stations will be available for public use in the small city between Des Moines and Omaha, thanks to support from Iron Eagle Technologies, the Danish Windmill, AmericInn Motels and the Elk Horn Service Station. Coulombâ€™s distributor Carbon Day Automotive also joined this group effort to bring clean renewable energy to Elk Horn.
The stations will be the first of many envisioned for the I-80 corridor through Iowa and Nebraska. They are the first installed in Iowa, and the first between Chicago and Denver, helping add to a network that aims to span the country â€“ which helps answer the question â€śWhy Iowa?â€ť
Another way of looking at it, according to President and CEO of Iron Eagle Technologies (IET), Mike Howard, is to ask â€śWhy Not Iowa?â€ť
â€śAlthough itâ€™s not well known, the first successful electric vehicle was actually invented in Iowa by William Morrison.Â Weâ€™ve come a long way since then, and Iron Eagle Technologies is committed to putting the EV focus back in the heartland,â€ť he said.
IET, a testing company that consults, evaluates and helps develop clean energy, including EV vehicles, wind and solar energy, provided the impetus for bringing the stations to the southwest corner of Iowa. The companyâ€™s â€śWorld EVALâ€ť program will be testing and certifying electric vehicles and EV components.
The new ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations will be open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles. The networked repowering stations provide authentication, management and real-time control using web-based portals that drivers and fleet managers can use. For more info on how the Chargepoint system works see the Coulomb websiteÂ Drivers can also find a listing of stations at the website.
The ribbon cutting ceremony, at the town’s iconic (and fittingly green) Danish Windmill, will be a celebration of possibilities with officials speaking about the need to put EV infrastructure in place for future transportation and EV manufacturers offering rides in EV vehicles.
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