All current and future EV and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) owners residing in or traveling to the downtown Houston area wishing to use the Central Parking Systems ChargePoint stations can obtain a ChargePass™ smart card by signing up on the mychargepoint.net website or by stopping by the Central Parking Systems main office at 300 Clay Street. As a courtesy to first time users, Central Parking Systems will provide free access and can provide a ChargePass smart card and user guide. Coulomb’s South Central regional distributor Verdek-EV and Positive Energy Resources of Houston were responsible for selling and installing the charging stations.
“Houston has long been a leader in the adoption of electric vehicle use, with city leaders taking a supportive position,” said Richard Lowenthal CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “Demographically and economically, it makes sense to use an EV in the Houston metro area, especially for those who park their cars in facilities like Central Parking downtown. It is important that industry and businesses collectively continue to show vision and work in concert to develop a well-conceived charging station deployment plan across the country. Such a plan is paramount to the success of our nation in the building of an effective charging infrastructure that will be required to support and sustain an emerging EV market that is predicted to grow exponentially over the next few years. Central Parking Systems shares this vision and we are proud they have chosen ChargePoint charging stations as their solution.”
Sue Keenan, Parking Systems Manager for Central Parking Systems in Houston stated, “We are excited about our six charging stations, and we encourage our regular patrons who may be looking at buying a new car to consider an EV. Current PHEV or NEV owners are certainly welcome to use our facilities 24/7 when working or visiting downtown. All our locations are convenient and walking distance from many downtown hotels and attractions, including the popular Theater District and county courts buildings.”
Keenan and building managers cognizant of EV owners need to conserve battery power, have conveniently located all six stations in easily accessible and highly visible ground floor locations. Several stations have been located in “premium” parking areas and all are clearly marked.
The ChargePoint 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 ChargePass smart card. 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
* Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future V2G capabilities
* A ChargePoint iPhone App
* To locate available charging stations, visit mychargepoint.net and click “Find Stations”
Brookfield Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties. Its current portfolio is comprised of interests in 110 properties totaling 75 million square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa, making it one of the largest owners of commercial real estate in North America. Landmark assets include the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Brookfield Place in Toronto, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles and Bankers Hall in Calgary. The company’s common shares trade on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BPO. For more information, visit www.brookfieldproperties.com.
VERDEK promotes EVs, NEVs and Charging Station Infrastructure to support the growth of an alternative and sustainable transportation system in North America. www.VERDEK-EV.com. VERDEK can also be viewed on Facebook (Tazzari Zero USA) and Twitter (Guymannino).
Coulomb Technologies is the leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure with networked charging stations installed in municipalities and organizations worldwide. Coulomb provides a vehicle-charging infrastructure, with an open system driver network: the ChargePoint Network provides multiple web-based portals 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.