From Green Right Now Reports
Eaton Corporation and Coulomb Technologies announced plans today to expand the North American footprint of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs).
The partnership will connect Eaton's quick-charging Level II and DC "Pow-R-Stations" to Coulomb's ChargePoint® Network, which is the largest network of independently owned charging stations in the world with more than 4,500 charging locations in North America.
The two companies will showcase their integrated plan for electric vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week (Jan. 10-13).
"This collaboration with ChargePoint Network is a critical step to linking vehicles into the utility grid, offering multiple benefits to EV and charging station owners and consumers, including lower fuel costs, a higher return on investment and reduction of greenhouse gases," said Tom Schafer, vice president and general manager, Eaton's Commercial Distribution Products Division.
How it will work:
Eaton Pow-R-Station charging stations, which can charge a depleted EV in three to four hours, will be able to access all aspects of the ChargePoint Network and ChargePoint service plans – which enables electric vehicle drivers use to manage their and pay for their "fuel" needs.
The ChargePoint Network is an EV charging infrastructure that allows drivers to set up services, receive automated bill and 24/7 driver support for helping finding fuelling stations – critical to alleviating the "range anxiety" for electric vehicles drivers.
ChargePoint Network is the largest and fastest-growing EV charging services network, whose independent station owners dispense more electric fuel than those on any other charging network in the world, according to the San Francisco-based company.
"This is a significant announcement for Coulomb as we welcome Eaton to the ChargePoint Network family," said Pat Romano, president and chief executive officer at Coulomb.
"This collaboration highlights the success of our OnRamp program that has allowed us to work with Eaton to rapidly enable the family of Pow-R-Stations to work with ChargePoint Network. We are also particularly pleased to have the first DC stations available on the Network."
By joining the ChargePoint-enabled network, Eaton charging stations will be included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, which help drivers locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and even start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone.
These apps also will allow EV drivers to use the ChargePoint Network's station reservation feature, to set up a re-charging stop.
Eaton and Coluomb will release pricing for ChargePoint-enabled charging solutions within the first quarter of 2012.
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