[Oeva-list] Coulomb Technologies Announces New Smart Charging Infrastructure for Plug-in Vehicles

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Mon Jul 21 17:00:39 PDT 2008


Something for the charging station team to look into.
*Coulomb Technologies Announces New Smart Charging Infrastructure for
Plug-in Vehicles*

Smart Charging Stations, Payment Subscriptions and Utility Grid Management
Target New Market of Plug-In Vehicles
 Plug-In 2008 Conference & Exposition

CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE <http://www.businesswire.com/>)--Coulomb
Technologies today announced a smart charging infrastructure for plug-in
vehicles. Coulomb has developed a complete solution targeting plug-in
vehicles including Extended Range Electric Vehicles, Plug-in Hybrid
Vehicles, and Battery Electric Vehicles. Coulomb's ChargePoint™ Network
includes public charging stations, a consumer subscription plan and utility
grid management technology for electric utility companies to smooth
electrical demands on the grid. The infrastructure solution will be
showcased with the Saturn Vue Plug-in Hybrid at the Plug-In 2008 Conference
& Exposition July 22-24 in San Jose, Calif. in booth 302.

According to General Motors vice president of global program management, Jon
Lauckner, "GM is committed to the success of the plug-in vehicles, including
Extended Range Electric Vehicles like the future Chevy Volt, and together
with infrastructure solutions like that of Coulomb Technologies, we are all
moving closer to the commercialization of plug-in vehicles. Intelligent
infrastructure technology like Coulomb's is needed for the rapid adoption of
plug-in vehicles and to help address the needs and concerns of drivers,
utilities, governments, and parking space owners."

Coulomb's ChargePoint Network integrates three unique components into a
seamless, scalable, reliable, cost-effective solution. At the edge of the
ChargePoint Network are Smartlet™ Charging Stations that are individually
controlled through the wireless Smartlet Communications Network and the
ChargePoint Network Operating System. Coulomb's core technology includes the
elements required to build and enable a smart charging infrastructure for
plug-in vehicles.

1. *Smartlet Charging Stations:* Perform bi-directional energy metering and
control, user authentication, and 802.15.4 wireless local area network
technology, which enables a subscription model through communication with a
data center.

2. *Smartlet Communications Network:* Provides a high reliability meshed
network using 802.15.4 technology and GSM/GRPS technology to communicate
with the Network Operating System for user authentication, access control,
energy flow control and energy metering.

3. *ChargePoint Network Operating System (NOS):* Manages the Smartlet
Charging Stations through the Smartlet Communications Network. The
ChargePoint Network also provides web portals for subscribers, hosts and
utilities. Functions include user authentication, access control, energy
flow control, location management, utility company policy administration,
user portal, host property portal, utility portal and GPS system interface.

"Major automakers have announced delivery of plug-in vehicles to the U.S.
marketplace by 2010. But with 54 million garages for the 247 million
registered passenger vehicles in the U.S. today, most consumers do not have
a way to charge a plug-in vehicle," said Richard Lowenthal CEO of Coulomb
Technologies. "We have developed a scalable, smart charging infrastructure
that provides municipalities and parking lot owners a recurring income
stream through public charging stations that are easy to install and
maintain. Our complete technology solution also provides electric utility
companies a means to control the load that plug-in vehicles put on the grid
and a means to compute and implement taxes on electricity as a
transportation fuel."

Coulomb Technologies has two inter-related businesses: a product sales
business and a service business. Smartlet Charging Stations are sold to
municipalities and parking lot owners as capital equipment in a
business-to-business model. Charging access is sold to drivers of plug-in
vehicles as a subscription service in a business-to-consumer model. Both the
Smartlet Charging Stations and ChargePoint Network Operating System will be
available in Q4 2008.

"Through an innovative partnership with Coulomb Technologies, San Jose is
demonstrating environmental leadership and fostering the growth of our clean
tech businesses," said Mayor Chuck Reed. "Our goal is to be the first city
in the United States to demonstrate and offer opportunities for residents to
charge electric vehicles from streetlights and other infrastructure. Doing
so will help the City meet its Green Vision goals."

About Coulomb

Coulomb Technologies, headquartered in Campbell, California offers a family
of products and services that provide a smart charging infrastructure for
plug-in vehicles. Coulomb's ChargePoint Network addresses needs of drivers,
utilities, governments, and parking space owners. For more information,
please visit www.coulombtech.com.

Smartlet and ChargePoint are trademarks of Coulomb Technologies, Inc. in the
USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or
trademarks belong to their respective holders.

Sunlight will never cost $4/gallon
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