Coulomb and Ecotality Seen As EV Leaders

If you follow the news of electric vehicles on EarthTechling, this latest report will come as no surprise to you. According to Pike Research Coulomb Technologies and Ecotality are the leaders in electric charging station technology.

For the report, the top ten electric companies, like AeroVironment, were graded on a variety of criteria, including product portfolio, partnerships, global sales, and more. We’ve reported extensively on Coulomb and Ecotality, both of which were recently highlighted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and both of which have received millions of federal dollars to support charging station rollout in America.

Coulomb CT500

image via Coulomb

Coulomb is planning to install 4,600 units across the country, and has been partially funded by $15 million from the the DOE. Similarly, Ecotality is managing The EV Project, a $230 million program, $114.8 of which is from the federal government.

Although, progress is being made in electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid infrastructure, we recently noted that Pike Research released a report suggesting many consumers are still skeptical of green cars. Also, though Ecotality recently installed its 1000th residential charger, it still has a long ways to go, even with private partnerships, to meet its year end goal of 14,000 chargers installed.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

    • Terry Dixon

      Should read “Coulomb is seen as electric car charging leader whereasu00a0Ecotality is MIA”.u00a0Ecotality was supposed to be completing the EV Project electric car charging network next month, June 2011 after a year and a half build out. Insteadu00a0Ecotality has nothing to at to show for their effort. A big fat goose egg. The EV Project is an epic fail.