Yesterday morning, San Francisco's mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled three electric vehicle charging stations in front of City Hall. Ahead of the city's planned network of charging stations through Better Place, these stations will be used to charge the city's municipal fleet of electric vehicles, as well as those owned by car-sharing services City CarShare and Zipcar.
The stations were provided as a two-year public demonstration by Coulomb Technologies, one of the start-ups racing to secure city contracts for electric vehicle charging networks. The company's Smartlet Charging Stations are so-called because they use communication network technology to communicate directly with the grid in order to prevent overload. The stations are activated by the use of their ChargePoint Smart Cards, which work like a membership card. Drivers can choose to pay per session or to pay for a set amount of charging sessions per month.
Coulumb Technologies plans to install 40 of their Smartlet stations along California highways by the end of the quarter. In addition to San Francisco, the company already has demonstration stations in San Jose.
via Gas 2.0
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