Electric vehicle charging stations unveiled in San Francisco


San Francisco, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 3, 2009 – A network of charging stations for electric vehicles has been installed as part of a two-year public pilot demonstration to showcase these vehicles in the city of San Francisco.

The Smartlet™ networked charging stations from Coulomb Technologies are part of a smart networked charging infrastructure, the ChargePoint™ Network, which is aimed at addressing the needs of electric vehicle drivers, utilities, municipalities, and parking space owners.

The technology includes a “Fleet Management Portal” with such features as interactive charts that summarize gasoline saved and greenhouse gases saved, displays of which vehicles are charging, which vehicles are fully charged, and which vehicles are overdue for charging. The portal also includes smartphone text messaging that alerts EV drivers when cars need charging, when they are fully charged, and when charging is interrupted.

Three of the networked charging stations are located across the street from City Hall on the plaza.

“Our goal is to transform the Bay Area into the electric vehicle capital of the United States, and a networked infrastructure is essential for the adoption of electric vehicles,” said San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. “San Francisco is proud to be the first city to feature charging stations with technology to support our city’s clean electric fleet vehicles and car-share fleets.”

“Today’s announcement further demonstrates that the Bay Area is the epicenter of the electric vehicle movement,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “A smart, networked infrastructure is an essential enabler of this movement and the City of San Francisco is leading by example.”