April 5, 2011

Coulomb to charge up Europe

Coulomb Technologies to charge up European EV market

US electric vehicle charging services provider Coulomb Technologies has signalled an expansion of its activities in the European electric vehicles market.

The company’s ChargePoint® Network will now include features specially designed for the European market that will allow interoperability across different energy supplier charging networks.

Coulomb Technologies has also completed compatibility testing with Nissan’s LEAF all-electric vehicle, which is launching across Europe this year, starting with Portugal, Ireland, the UK and Netherlands.

“We are proud to expand ChargePoint Network’s reach further into the European market,” says executive vice president Bret Sewell. “The introduction of these new stations helps support EV adoption in Europe, and the ChargePoint Network enables energy suppliers to deliver EV charging services to drivers, bill customers, and provide driver support, while cost effectively and remotely managing their charging infrastructure.”

The ChargePoint Network currently comprises over 100 stations in the Dutch city of Amsterdam alone, as well as elsewhere in the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK.

Meanwhile, Spanish environmental services company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) has entered into an agreement with Siemens to develop and implement electric vehicle support infrastructure in Spain.

Siemens has developed the Epos charging station, which comprises a central charging stations and two satellites, allowing vehicles to charge slowly (6-8 hours) or quickly (1-2 hours).

FCC, meanwhile, will participate in research and development activities and take the lead on building the charging infrastructure.

“We have the necessary skills to be leaders in the development of electric mobility facilities,” says Santiago Ruiz of FCC. “This agreement with Siemens will… prepare us to roll out the technology on a large scale when the time comes.”

For further information:
www.coulombtech.com
www.fcc.es
www.siemens.com/
www.cleanfuelconnection.com

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