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

Bruce_Adams at amat.com Bruce_Adams at amat.com
Mon Jul 21 18:01:38 PDT 2008


Here is an idea for you all to consider.  Maybe a little on the edge, but 
here goes.

Why not have a charging network that is an over head line like the 
trolleys use, where you could charge your plug-in or hybrid while driving. 
 Your car would need to be adapted to look a little more like a bumper 
car, with an extendable wand and electrical converter.  You pay for what 
you use.  If Portland had lines along the side of the center lanes of I5, 
217, Sunset, and 205, I could drive from Damascus to Hillsboro with todays 
technology with a full electric car. 



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



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)--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 
"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. 

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