Most progressive cities in the Midwest and OR continue on their own paths to sustainability. [fimg=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Charge_Point_in_HillsborR.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 1, 2009 ChargePoint charging stations with V2G capability - First of their kind in the US but will they be needed??? Madison, WI Madison, home to engineering power house University of WI at Madison is taking a step into the future. Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) purchased six Coulomb Technologies electric vehicle charging stations from Carbon Day Automotive, Chicago, IL. More importantly, BEVs charged at the stations will have their emissions offset through renewable energy. The vehicle charging network will provide users with options that extend the range and use of their electric vehicles. The driving range for an electric-powered vehicle can be about 40 miles. Currently, owners have to recharge their car or truck at home or at prearranged locations. Only a handful of public vehicle charging systems are in place throughout the world. MGE plans to install the first charging unit this summer and have the network up and operating by early next year. "MGE's forward-thinking efforts ensure the Madison area will have the infrastructure to support electric vehicles," stated Scott Emalfarb, a principal in Carbon Day Automotive. Last year, MGE purchased one of the state's first plug-in hybrid cars. This summer, the company will install vehicle-to-grid technology in a new Ford Escape plug-in hybrid, making it "Smart Grid" ready. This technology allows the vehicle to recharge at low power demand times and can also be discharged to supply the grid with power during peak power demand hours. "This demonstration project will show us how use of plug-in vehicles could eventually affect operations of the electric grid and power supply planning," said Lynn Hobbie, MGE senior vice president. Hillsboro, OR Long known as the "Silicon Forest" given its high-tech roots, Hillsborough is located 15 miles outside of Portland and home to more than 90,000 residents. The city is the first in the State of Oregon to announce plans to deploy ChargePoint™ Networked Charging Stations for PHEV and BEVs. 16 charging stations will be installed in downtown Hillsboro including their new "green" intermodal transit facility to be built in 2009. The charging stations, available for public use, are part of the city's large-scale sustainability and green movement, designed to showcase conservation. "Our city is progressive and aggressive in implementing sustainable solutions to environmental and economic challenges," said David Robinson, director of Facilities and Fleet, City of Hillsboro. "We have a large forward-thinking population ready to embrace electric vehicle technology and the City is committed to providing the facilities to meet the public's demand. These charging stations will be conveniently located in the heart of downtown, only one block from our train station, one block from our hospital and a short walk from Pacific University. We selected Coulomb's charging stations because of the integrated advanced technology features; Coulomb is the only company we have found that has examined every facet of EV charging technology and developed the comprehensive solution. We are proud to be the first in the state to showcase this advanced technology; we hope other cities will follow and help us make Oregon the national leader in EV technology delivery." ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations perform bi-directional energy metering via an embedded utility grade electronic meter. The ability to precisely measure and report electricity use enables a sustainable, flexible business model that meets the needs of drivers, corporations, fleet operators, utility companies and municipalities. This revenue generating business model includes flexible subscriber payment methods like “free” charging, pay per use, by subscription, and by kWh (where allowed). Networked ChargePoint Station Benefits ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations provide unique benefits when compared to non-networked charging stations. Those benefits include: A charging infrastructure open to all drivers without requiring subscriptions. A revenue stream to pay for electricity, capital equipment and maintenance. Ability for drivers to find unoccupied charging stations via web-enabled cell phones. Notification by SMS Text or email when charging is complete. Authenticated access to eliminate energy theft. Authorized energizing for safety. Remote monitoring and diagnostics for superior quality of service. Smart Grid integration for utility load management with future V2G capabilities. Green House Gas savings calculation per driver and per fleet. Fleet vehicle management. Coulomb Technologies applies networking technology to the challenge of charging electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in order to fuel the electric transportation industry. Coulomb's ChargePoint(SM) Network addresses the needs of drivers, utilities, governments and parking-space owners.