By Greentech Lead Team:Coulomb Technologies ,
an electric vehicle charging solutions company, announced that National Grid,
an electricity and gas company in the Northeast, has completed the installation
of more than 30 new charging stations, part of Coulomb’s ChargePoint
Network, at several locations across Massachusetts.
“We are proud to be working closely with National Grid to
help this region become EV-ready and drive EV adoption throughout New England.
With more than 10 new electric vehicles on the market in 2012, National Grid is
providing a solution for managing charging services that ensures their
community will be EV-ready,” said Pat
Romano president and CEO at Coulomb.
Massachusetts currently has approximately 50 EV stations.
The addition of these 30 new stations nearly doubles the charging locations
currently available to Massachusetts EV drivers. National Grid and its hosting
partners are offering the public charging services at no cost to EV drivers for
the first two years.
“Our goal is to drive the acceleration of public electric
vehicle charging infrastructure to prepare for new EV offerings throughout the
state and Northeast region,” said Ed White. vice president customer &
business strategy from National Grid.
Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network provides drivers the ability to: help with trip planning, manage the
cost of charging, and find and operate public ChargePoint-enabled stations.
ChargePoint locations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications
for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an
easy way to locate stations, get turn-by-turn directions, and even start and
stop a charging session directly from a smart phone.
“ChargePoint Network allows us to offer state-of the-art
driver features while integrating EV charging into our smart grid plans, and
monitoring the EV charging load. This announcement is a demonstration of our
investment in technologies that will help modernize the region’s
electricity system while offering our customers more sustainable energy options
that help to protect our environment,” White added.
Recently, Eaton Corporation
and Coulomb Technologies announced plans to significantly expand the
North American footprint of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs).