When it comes to the viability of electric vehicles (EVs), infrastructure concerns are always at the top of the list. If there’s nowhere to easily charge an EV, the conventional wisdom asks, what’s the point of even having them? However, if charging stations are reliable, well-distributed and easy to use, one of the greatest consumer concerns regarding EVs – that of range – begins to evaporate.
California-based electric vehicle charging station developer 350Green took on those issues with a recent announcement that it will purchase and install more than 400 charging stations from manufacturer Coulomb Technologies. The new stations, which become part of 350Green’s national network of more than 1,000 charging stations, will be found in the company’s partner locations such as Walgreen’s and Simon Property Group locations (malls and outlets). Currently, the network exists in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and California.
The company is installing both Level 2 and DC Fast chargers which will be powered by the ChargePoint Network, Coloumb’s EV-charging infrastructure. ChargePoint offers 24/7 driver support, driver billing options and mobile phone applications that provide drivers with real-time station location and availability, turn-by-turn navigation and charging status.
“With ChargePoint Network, we can launch a fully developed, feature-rich solution for managing charging services and stations,” said Mariana Gerzanych, co-founder and CEO of 350Green. “This agreement will accelerate the development and launch of 350Green’s national network of charging stations and provide us and our location partners with user-oriented features and host-oriented information and data.”