Already set to start installing its line of Smartlet networked charging stations in California during the first quarter of 2009, Coulomb Technologies has announced that it will also begin marketing these largely solar-powered refueling kiosks in 27 other states located in the Midwest, Southeast, Mountain and Western regions as well as in Canada through various reseller program. Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network is a subscriber-based service that allows members to recharge the battery in their electric vehicle (EV) at any Smartlet installation after it has been properly verified by means of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) access key. All of the ChargePoint facilities will be wirelessly networked to authenticate, monitor and control their operating in real time, regardless of location. The first of these Smartlet units will go live in major metropolitan areas of California, as well as along Interstate 5 and various high-density corridors of state routes 99 and 101.
Coulomb’s chief executive officer, Richard Lowenthal sees his Campbell, California-based company as being in the right place at the right time to meet a growing need for both private and commercial fleets by offering a scalable solution that can help diminish our dependence on foreign oil. He anticipates many of the Smartlet charging outlets will be located in both new and existing alternative fueling stations, outlets that already deal in several types of alternative fuels, from ethanol to biodiesel, in addition to conventional gasoline.