First US Shopping Center to Install Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

Actor & Environmental Activist Ed Begley, Jr. to attend Ribbon Cutting Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Coulomb Technologies the leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure today announced that South Coast Plaza  is the first shopping center in the United States to install the ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles (EV). The ChargePoint Networked Charging Station, located in the underground parking structure by the Crate and Barrel Home Store at 3333 Bear Street will be unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm. Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. will join local officials for the ceremony that includes several all-electric vehicles including the BMW MINI E. Coulombs California distributor Clean Fuel Connection will provide support and maintenance for the ChargePoint station.

Shopping centers are some of the perfect places for the installation of networked charging stations because people spend several hours shopping and dining, said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. As the first installation in the nation of a networked charging station within a shopping center, we hope that other organizations will look to South Coast Plaza as an example and welcome this new wave of transportation.

Having community charging stations is just one more green effort were implementing at South Coast Plaza. For our customers who drive plug-in hybrids, it will be easy and convenient for them to charge while theyre shopping and dining, said Debra Gunn Downing, Executive Director of Marketing.

The South Coast Plaza 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. 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

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. Other future payment options include using any smart (RFID) credit/debit card to authorize a session or using a standard credit or debit card at a remote payment station (RPS) to pay for charging sessions.

About South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza is the crown jewel of luxury shopping on the West Coast, and is recognized internationally for its unparalleled collection of over 250 boutiques, award-winning restaurants, spas and the adjacent world-renowned Orange County Performing Arts Center. Its stellar cast of diverse boutiques from Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, Chanel and Harry Winston to Tory Burch, CO-OP Barneys New York, J. Crew, H&M and more makes it Southern Californias premier shopping experience. South Coast Plaza is located in Orange County, California, in the city of Costa Mesa. San Diego Freeway (405) at Bristol Street or San Joaquin Corridor (73) at Bear Street.

About Coulomb Technologies, Inc.

coulombtech_logo.pngCoulomb 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.
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