Airbiquity and Coulomb announce partnership agreement for charging stations
August 9, 2011 by John Day
Connected vehicle services provider Airbiquity (www.airbiquity.com) and Coulomb Technologies, creator of the online ChargePoint® Network of independently-owned electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, have formed a partnership to integrate the ChargePoint Network’s driver services into Airbiquity’s Green Vehicle service portfolio.
Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network is an open-platform network of charging stations managing the delivery of electric fuel to EVs around the globe. Airbiquity has already announced relationships with several automakers to deliver connected vehicle services for their EVs.
Using Airbiquity’s connected vehicle service delivery platform, Choreo, the two companies will make ChargePoint Network driver services available to Airbiquity EV customers, including station location, real-time availability and reservations. The ChargePoint Network services make it simple for drivers to find the nearest unoccupied station from wherever they are and even reserve those stations, helping to alleviate range anxiety and driving EV adoption.
Airbiquity’s Choreo is a global, scalable, state-of-the-art infrastructure for deploying a wide variety of connected vehicle services customized to each automaker’s requirements. EV owners will be able to use desktop and mobile web portals, smart phone apps and in-vehicle systems to locate and reserve charging stations on the ChargePoint Network.
“The Airbiquity-Coulomb partnership extends the reach and benefits of ChargePoint Network to the inside of the vehicle,” said Bret Sewell, executive vice president, Coulomb. “Leading drivers to available stations is critical not only to drivers but also to the independent charging services providers around the world whose stations are searchable and findable on ChargePoint Network. We are proud to partner with Airbiquity to help further accelerate the EV market.”
“Partnering with Coulomb is a natural extension of our Green Vehicle offerings,” said David Jumpa, senior vice-president of global business development, Airbiquity. “This relationship allows Airbiquity to enhance the driver’s experience with their new EV, making it easier for EV owners to rely upon a support infrastructure for their new vehicle. As plug-in EVs begin to enter the market, the demand for 3rd party charging services will soar. Airbiquity is making sure it continues to provide the best connected vehicle services for its automaker customers.”