Coulomb Technologies has received $15 million Series C funding which typically is used to significantly ramp up existing operations and move a company into a major position in the industry. The industry in this case is charging stations for electric vehicles [EV].
The company has shipped 850 stations since last year and has an agreement with the US Department of Energy to install 4,600 home and public stations across the nation. They are relying on the increasing availability of new EV choices, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Coda. Even old "hot rods" are being converted to electric.
Electric cars are gaining traction in Hawaii, a state committed to renewable energy, including wind and solar power. It doesn?t hurt that you can?t go very far in any direction on the island. Short distances are conducive to the limited mileage possible on a single battery charge.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, you might catch a glimpse of an electric powered Tesla Roadster already. The Air Quality Management District is picking up a large portion of the tab for the Bay Area EV Corridor program [PDF Download] that was launched recently. Coulomb [SI measurement unit, pronounced "cool em"] has charging stations in use in such diverse locations as New York State; Sydney, Australia; and San Jose, California. In California, Electric Power Research Institute [EPRI] stations will be used to collect research data on the requirements of workplace charging. San Francisco Bay Area homeowners are encouraged to install their own chargers with financial incentives from the Corridor program and federal tax credits.
Throughout southern Michigan, Coulomb?s $37 million ChargePoint America program funded by the US Department of Energy will offer hundreds of free stations for public and home charging to individuals and businesses. Their first installation took place in the US car manufacturing capital, Detroit. Richard Lowenthal, Coulomb CEO, said: "We are pleased to unveil our first ChargePoint America installation in the heart of downtown Detroit collaborating with NextEnergy." Coulomb?s ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5,000 charging stations in nine regions in the United States:
How do you find the stations? Well, there?s an app for that. Yes, drivers can find, plug in, and then track their car?s progress on their iPhone or computer. You might need to use an app to find a spot to plug in your XD, a cute Croatian electric car concept introduced at the Geneva Motor Show 2010 from the maker of demining machines used by our troops.
Leviton, Siemens, and Aker Wade, Coulomb partners, will market and distribute their own specially built electrical vehicle supply equipment for the ChargePoint Network. Coulomb claims that their products support international power and connector standards, ranging in capability from 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging and up to 500 Volt DC charging.
Coulomb also prides itself on integrating pleasant aesthetics, practical ergonomics, and sturdy construction into the stations. The company offers customers, such as municipalities, authenticated access to eliminate energy theft, a billing system for station owners who want drivers to pay for charging, and Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future vehicle-to-grid [V2G] capabilities.
The company?s future looks promising. Their management team brings experience from several well-known sectors, including Nokia, Lucent Technologies, Cisco, Adept Technology, QualComm, and Vectrix Corporation, creator of the 100 percent electric maxi scooter, associated with celebrities such as Jay Leno and Leonardo di Caprio.