Interested in investing in an electric vehicle (EV) but hesitant over the infrequent placing of charging stations? If you’re located in Austin, Texas, your next trip to the Whole Foods Market at 525 North Lamar Boulevard might yield more than a fresh supply of produce, bread, and milk: Coulomb Technologies has announced the installation of the company’s first ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for Electric Vehicles at the flagship Whole Foods supermarket in Austin.
A kickoff event for the unveiling was held earlier this week on Monday, April 12, at the Austin Whole Foods location, and included a number of Coulomb and Whole Foods Market representatives. At the event, Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies, said he was proud to partner with Whole Foods Market, who he says has long demonstrated support for sustainable living. Whole Foods Market’s Mark Dixon affirmed Lowenthal’s words, saying “Whole Foods Market is committed to supporting wise environmental practices, which means making decisions that positively affect the health of our planet, its people, and its resources.”
The ChargePoint Network, of which the Whole Foods Market’s charging station is a part, is made available to all EV drivers and provides authentication, charging status given via text message, email, or SMS; location of unoccupied charging stations via smart phone, and a ChargePoint iPhone app, among other perks. Drivers of EVs can access the ChargePoint Network by calling the toll-free, 24/7-operated number available at a charge station, or by enrolling in the ChargePoint Network monthly access plan.