Philadelphia is the First in Pennsylvania to Install Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
November 12, 2010
The first public EV charging station in Pennsylvania opened today. U-Go Stations Inc. and South Jersey Green, LLC held an opening day ribbon cutting ceremony for this historic event at Southport Plaza, Liberty Service Station in Philadelphia This will be one of the first sites on the east coast to offer electric vehicle charging to the general public
U-Go Stations Inc. in connection with South Jersey Green, LLC, plans to install additional ChargePoint EV charging stations throughout the greater Philadelphia area where they will be used by individual vehicle owners as well as servicing fleet vehicles. The planning, installation and maintenance of these ChargePoint charging stations will create jobs within the city and establish the necessary infrastructure to foster widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Green Power Technology, www.gptechnology.com and South Jersey Green, LLC, www.southjerseygreenllc.com provide regional distribution, sales and installation for the ChargePoint EV stations
The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at about 1:50 p.m. at Liberty Service Station located at 600 S Christopher Columbus Blvd. in Philadelphia. The Coulomb Technologies "Charge Point" Level 2 station was on-site for demonstration purposes. Also attending the event were Philadelphia City Councilmen Frank Rizzo (R), and Bill Greenlee (D).
"We are excited to be involved in the infancy of this new era of automobile production that will greatly reduce consumer's dependence on oil. It is a forward thinking greener way to operate cars," said Norman Zarwin a co-founder of U-Go Stations, Inc. Zarwin, E. Harris Baum, Stephen Zarwin, Mickey McLaughlin and David Soens have formed U-Go Stations, Inc. to respond for the future growth of the EV industry.
The era of electricity becoming a mainstream transportation fuel is fast approaching. Major automakers, including General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW and Nissan are developing a new generation of energy efficient cars called Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-battery electric vehicles (BEVs). In addition, other car companies such as Tesla Motors are already shipping BEVs. General Motors, Toyota and Nissan have all announced plans to have BEVs, EREVs or PHEVs available in 2010. All of these cars have one thing in common: They need connection to the existing electric grid to recharge on-board batteries. When operating in the all-electric mode, they eliminate gasoline consumption.
+Most EVs can travel about 100-150 miles before recharging. Fully recharging the battery pack can take up to 4+ hours with less time for "top off" charging. Level 3 "quick charge" to 80% capacity can take 15 to 30 min. Plug-in vehicles are the next step in the evolution that brought us hybrid cars. The term "plug-in vehicles" refers to any vehicle that can be recharged from the grid. Today's hybrids offer efficiency of up to 60 miles per gallon; plug-in cars are expected to deliver 100-150 miles per gallon and even more in an all electric operation.
ChargePoint Charging Stations deliver controlled power to effectively and efficiently charge electric vehicles (EV). The charging stations are easy to use and come in a variety of power and design options that integrate pleasant aesthetics, practical ergonomics and sturdy construction - ideal for home and for outdoor public applications.
Each station is embedded with an on-board computer, a fluorescent display; standards based RFID reader, and a utility-grade meter providing precise, bi-directional energy measurement. All stations are network-enabled, capable of reporting energy usage and communicating over the network with Software Application Services and Network Support Services to activate capabilities such as:
• Providing open access for all drivers using any standards based RFID card Generating revenue to offset electricity, capitol equipment and maintenance costs
• Sending SMS or Email notifications to the driver for charging complete or interruptions in charging
• Controlling access to eliminate energy theft and to enhance safety
• Integrating with the utility Smart Grid for demand side management and preferred pricing
• Remotely receiving software OTA upgrades to accommodate advancements in future EV charging technologies
Coulomb Technologies offers the ChargePointTM Network, a family of products and services providing smart charging infrastructure for plug-in vehicles. At the edge of the ChargePoint Network are SmartletTM Charging Stations, located in public and private parking areas. Each Smartlet Charging Station is individually controlled through the wireless Smartlet Communications Network and the ChargePoint Network Operating system to provide authentication, usage monitoring and real-time control.
Powering EVs, for many who wish to purchase this new market segment needs to be convenient, quick and easy but not a lengthy process. U-Go Stations, Inc. has partnered with South Jersey Green LLC, Jerry Reich, Green Power Technology and Coloumb Industries with support from the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program to develop the EV charging station area infrastructure to make charging stations available to the public.