Coulomb Technologies has announced the first networked charging stations for electric vehicles in Canada.
The ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations available for consumer and fleet use are now installed at the headquarters of Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) in Vancouver.
The ChargePoint Network is open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles and provides authentication, management, and real-time control for the networked electric vehicle charging stations through multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet managers, Drivers, and Utilities. ChargePoint Network unique features include: charging status by SMS text or email notification, location of unoccupied charging stations via smart phones, authenticated access to eliminate energy theft, authorized energizing for safety, and Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid communication) capabilities.
The network of electric vehicle charging stations is accessible to all plug-in drivers by making a toll free call to the 24/7 number on each charging station, or signing up for a ChargePoint Network monthly access plan and obtaining a Smart Card. Other future payment options include using any smart (RFID) credit/debit card to authorize a session or using a standard credit or debit card at a remote payment station (RPS) to pay for charging sessions. To locate available charging stations, users can visit http://www.mychargepoint.net and click “Find Stations”.
Source: ChargePoint Network.