Nov 142011
 

Utility Taps ChargePoint Network for Data Gathering at Eight Partner Locations: Retail, Manufacturing Plant, Corporate Office, Municipal, Community College and Hospital.

Chargepoint EV chargerCampbell, Calif., November 14, 2011 – Coulomb Technologies today announced that KCP&L, an investor-owned utility headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is using Coulomb’s ChargePoint® Network to access essential electric vehicle (EV) charging station data collected for a three-year pilot program in and around the Kansas City region.  The program consists of eight diverse program-partner EV charging sites including a community college, hospital, manufacturing plant, corporate office, municipal and retail locations.  The charging network is used to gather data from EV drivers including usage, number of charging events, number of kilowatt hours used and how it translates to greenhouse gas savings.

KCP&L serves more than 800,000 customers in 47 northwestern Missouri and eastern Kansas counties. KCP&L selected Coulomb distributor Carbon Day Automotive and its local reseller LilyPad EV to install the 10 EV charging stations throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

“We are pleased that ChargePoint Network is the enabler for this pilot project to provide data collection for vehicle use and charging patterns,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO at Coulomb Technologies.  ”This program highlights a new industry of clean transportation in the Kansas City area and the need for and benefits of EV infrastructure throughout the region.”

KCP&L’s pilot project is funded by U.S. Department of Energy award DE-EE0002538, an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant project awarded to the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC). KCP&L is working with the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition, a program of MEC, to administer the grant.

“In order to fulfill the requirements of this pilot program we needed a turnkey networked electric vehicle solution,”said Roland Maliwat, KCP&L sustainability products manager. “ChargePoint Network was a great solution to help us meet those requirements.”

ChargePoint Network provides access to essential charging station data.  It includes: a web-based application that lets KCP&L customize their EV charging operations to measure and manage their success, 24/7 driver support, and access to the largest and most brand-loyal network of EV drivers in the world.

For more information about KCP&L’s pilot please visit the website at www.kcpl.com/stations.

About KCP&L
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.

About Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition and U.S. DOE
Administered by Metropolitan Energy Center, the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition is a public/private partnership among fleet managers and manufacturers, vendors, and service providers in the alternative fuel vehicle sector. Kansas City’s coalition has been active since 1996 and is a proud partner with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program since 1998. Clean Cities’ vision is energy independence and cleaner air through clean fuels and advanced vehicles adoption. The Coalition’s mission is to promote this vision in the greater Kansas City area and beyond. In 2009, the U.S. DOE awarded the Coalition $15 million, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to deploy more than 300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and install or upgrade alternative refueling at more than 30 locations in our 3-state region. The grant, DOE award DE-EE0002538, provided funding for KCP&L’s EVSE project. For more information about MEC and the Coalition see www.kcenergy.org.

About Coulomb Technologies, Inc.
Coulomb Technologies
is the leading electric vehicle charging solutions company.  Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network is the largest online global charging network connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in more than 14 countries.  Coulomb also provides ChargePoint Network service plans, cloud-based solutions that handle all driver billing and support and give organizations the control and flexibility they need to optimize performance of their electric vehicle charging operations.  Coulomb Technologies customers include large employers such as Google and SAP; utilities such and Orlando Utilities Commission and Austin Energy; municipalities such as City of San Francisco and City of New York; large shopping centers such as South Coast Plaza and Bellevue Square; and parking services providers such as Edison Properties, Priority Parking and InterPark.  Open to all charging station manufacturers, stations on ChargePoint Network are currently dispensing over 180 Megawatt hours (MWh) of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 1,300 charging sessions per day.

Sep 152011
 

The Oregon Business Development Department snagged $485,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy last week, money to go toward a plan to put 30,000 plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

The funding comes from the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative. The initiative targets communities with planning experience in electric vehicle development — or those eager to begin — for one-year projects to knock down roadblocks and create strategies for putting more electric vehicles on the road, striving to meet national goals.

Oregon’s plan, called Energizing Oregon, will address next-generation deployment strategies for the state and assess the electric vehicle market here.

Led by the gubernatorial-appointed Transportation Electrification Executive Council, Energizing Oregon’s three main objectives are to integrate all of the state’s existing EV efforts, develop an EV plan to expand them and help Oregon exceed its share of the national goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

The plan will include development of state policies and incentives to achieve broad, fast deployment of EVs. It will also involve strategies for supplying equipment for electric vehicle infrastructure, plus outreach, education and training programs.

“From the industry standpoint, the quicker we can get infrastructure in place, the quicker the industry itself will develop and new products will be tested and the quicker this whole industry sector will develop,” said Barry Woods, acting executive director of Drive Oregon.

In pitching the project, Business Oregon highlighted existing EV efforts including San Francisco-based ECOtality’s “EV Project,” along with ODOT’s $2 million grant from the Tiger II program and the West Coast Green Highway Project, driven by state steering committees.

Read the full Story At Sustainable Business Oregon

Sep 152011
 

KAHULUI – The University of Hawaii Maui College has received a nearly $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to work with the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and private industry to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Hawaii.

The grant is from the Clean Cities Initiative Awards, which identified 16 projects nationally.

The grant was announced by Gov. Neil Abercrombie at Tuesday’s opening of the 2011 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu.

Other Hawaii awards included $6.1 million to the University of Hawaii to work with industry partners to allow the electric grid to take on more solar energy by developing and demonstrating state-of-the-art photovoltaic inverters; and $750,000 to DBEDT to provide technical assistance to the Public Utilities Commission to remove barriers to allow more renewable energy on-island power grids.

The Kahului college is the only college or university to receive a community planning grant under the initiative, said Susan Wyche, the college’s special projects coordinator.

“Our strategy is to capitalize on Maui’s unique features that will support the mass adoption of electric vehicles, such as our short driving distances, high cost of gasoline and the large number of rental vehicles that make up our vehicle population,” she said. “Our goal is to have the highest EV ownership per capita in the world and to combine that with the greatest percentage of fossil-free sources to charge those EVs. Maui will serve as a case study for other islands in Hawaii and the world.”

Read the full Story At Maui News