The unveiling will also include several all-electric vehicles including the BMW MINI E. Clean Fuel Connection will provide support and maintenance for the ChargePoint station.
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 ChargePass smart card.
“Shopping centers are some of the perfect places for the installation of networked charging stations because people spend several hours shopping and dining,” Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies, said in a release. “As the first installation in the nation of a networked charging station within a shopping center, we hope that other organizations will look to South Coast Plaza as an example and welcome this new wave of transportation.”
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
The first green electric car charging station in the US was installed in Chicago in late January 2010, thanks to a partnership between Coulomb and Carbon Day Automotive.