Using the iPhone or iPod Touch, drivers can use the app to start and stop charging sessions, be notified when their electric vehicle is fully charged, and get directions to stations. The iPhone application is free and available for download here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chargepoint/id356866743
"With Coulomb’s in-place networked charging station installations, the timing and availability of this iPhone App is perfect," said Felix Kramer, Founder of Palo Alto-based CalCars.org, a leading plug-in hybrid advocacy and technology demonstration non-profit, and an advisor to Coulomb.
"Plug-in vehicle drivers get a cool tool to find charging locations and other destinations. It enables them to boost their electric miles to save money and reduce emissions. Any current or prospective plug-in electric car owner can check out this app, then show it off to spur even more interest in fueling our electric cars with cleaner, cheaper, domestic electricity."
Using the ChargePoint iPhone App, EV drivers can now:
• Find charging stations near any specified address.
• Get turn-by-turn directions to charging stations.
• See the real-time availability status of charging stations: Available, In Use, or Out of Service.
• Start and Stop charging sessions directly from an iPhone.
• Get directions from current location to where the electric vehicle is charging.
• Get status on current or most recent charging session (energy, greenhouse gas savings, time).
• Receive real-time notifications of current charging session.
Some features require a ChargePoint® Network driver account with an activated ChargePass™ card. To create an account, and purchase or activate a ChargePass card, go to www.mychargepoint.net and click Sign Up.
"This ChargePoint iPhone App for EV drivers is the latest accomplishment in a year of remarkable milestones for Coulomb," said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies.
"It was just over a year ago that the City of San Jose became the first in the world to install networked charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). Today we have more than 120 customers and have shipped stations worldwide. The foundation for these accomplishments is the ChargePoint Network, powered by our advanced networking technology. The ChargePoint iPhone App works in conjunction with our Flex Billing™ system such that after charging station owners set prices for charging at their stations, drivers can use the iPhone App to see those prices. Possibly the most important feature of this application is one that can only be done with networked charging stations – the ability to get real-time status of the station. This way you’ll never drive to a station that is already in use or is out of service."
About Coulomb Technologies, Inc. is a leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure with networked charging stations installed worldwide.
Coulomb developed the ChargePoint Network, with web-based applications for Hosts, Fleet Managers, Drivers, and Utilities, and ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging and up to 500 Volt DC charging.