Electric vehicle charging services arrive at Oakland International Airport

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Updated May 21, 2011

The Port of Oakland and Coulomb Technologies last week announced that electric vehicle driver services have arrived at Oakland International Airport with the installation of eight ChargePoint Network charging stations for EVs in the Premier Parking Lot.
Oakland International is the first Northern California airport to offer EV charging services as part of the ChargePoint Network, providing drivers EV services, including real-time charging station status and reservations.

“Oakland International Airport and Bay Area EV drivers are aligned in our mutual goal of environmental leadership,” says Deborah Ale Flint, director of aviation at the Port of Oakland. “We are now ready for the next generation of alternative-powered vehicles, and we appreciate that stimulus funding, combined with new technology, has transformed a vision to reality. Through Coulomb Technologies, we offer eight ChargePoint Network charging stations that can simultaneously serve up to 15 electric vehicles, giving our EV-driving customers the ability to charge while they are traveling or greeting a passenger inside our terminals.”

“Oakland International has been a long-time leader in environmental stewardship, and because of this, we are so pleased that the East Bay’s airport is the first in Northern California to install ChargePoint Network charging stations for their customers,” says Richard Lowenthal, founder and chief technology officer of Coulomb Technologies. “This is another example of the airport’s commitment to renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, leading to a healthier community. Bay Area EV owners now have another reason to choose Oakland International Airport for their air travel needs.”

Coulomb says the ChargePoint Network expansion into Oakland International Airport brings EV drivers easy-to-use charging services, including the ability to check real-time status and location of unoccupied charging stations, reserve a charging station, track and report greenhouse gas and gasoline savings, and receive charging status notifications by SMS, email or smart phone (iPhone and Blackberry) applications. Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and all manufacturers of electric vehicle charging stations.

The ChargePoint stations are a part of Coulomb’s $37 million ChargePoint America program, which offers thousands of free EV charging stations for public and home charging to individuals and businesses. The charging stations were supplied by Coulomb regional distributor Clean Fuel Connection, which used Bay Area contractor REJ Electric for installation.

Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5,000 charging stations to program participants in 10 regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Sacramento, Calif., San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond/Bellevue, Wash., Washington, D.C./Baltimore and Southern Michigan (including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit). The program is a strategic partnership between Coulomb and Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA. Coulomb currently has 3,800 systems shipped to more than 700 customers. Installation of the ChargePoint charging stations is currently under way in all regions. Businesses interested in free public ChargePoint stations can visit www.chargepointamerica.com to apply.