Flex Billing to Be Used for ChargePoint EV Charging Stations

As most people involved in creating an EV charging stations infrastructure are still figuring stuff out, Coulomb Technologies announced today it will start using the Flex Billing system. This will allow ChargePoint Network station owners worldwide to set pricing as a function of time of day, calendar date, and driver.

“This shift is a direct result of the feedback from our customer base which dates back to 2008,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “Flexibility is extremely important to our station owners, whether access to a charging station is controlled and billed based upon time, kilowatt hours, or is completely free. Through our networking software technology, we’ve added the Flex Billing system to our Application Service Suite, allowing station owners to set their own pricing.”

The Flex Billing system features include:
  • Coulomb no longer requires subscriptions and no longer charges drivers for system use.
  • Station owners set charging prices.
  • Coulomb provides billing services to station owners.
  • A 24-hour toll free number enables drivers to use major credit cards, and get help when they need it.
  • The use of all major contactless credit cards directly at stations.
  • The ability to use Coulomb’s own ChargePass smart card.

“We are pleased to see Coulomb adopting an open system and moving away from subscriptions,”
 said Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation at the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI). “From our research we concluded that utilities and other charging station owners generally don’t want a third party between them and the customer. An open system is in the best interest of station owners, utilities, and drivers.”
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