CT1000 ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations
The CT1000 ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, are specifically designed for the North American market. The CT1000 family of charging stations supports Level 1 (120V @ 16A) charging.
The ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations combined with the ChargePoint Network Operating System (NOS) form a smart charging infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles called the ChargePoint Network. Each local group of charging stations automatically forms a robust self-healing Radio Frequency (RF) mesh network managed by a single gateway charging station—a version of the networked charging stations incorporating an embedded CDMA or GSM cellular modem in addition to RF mesh network functionality.
Up to 100 charging stations can communicate to and be managed by a single gateway charging station. The gateway charging station, in turn, utilizes the local cellular network to communicate with the ChargePoint NOS, which runs on a remote secure hosted server managed by Coulomb Technologies. The ChargePoint NOS provides multiple web-based portals for drivers, charging station owners, installers, fleet operators, and utility companies.
Coulomb's ChargePoint NOS communicates with and individually controls the networked charging stations in order to provide authentication, management, and real-time control. The ability to individually control each charging station in real time allows the ChargePoint Network to be open to all drivers of plug-in vehicles. Drivers have the option of paying for a single charging session by placing a toll free call to the 24/7 number on each charging station or they can become a ChargePoint Network subscriber by going to www.mychargepoint.net and choosing a monthly subscription plan that fits their lifestyle.
Other future payment options include using any smart (RFID) credit/debit card to authorize a session or using a standard credit or debit card at a remote payment station (RPS) to pay for charging sessions. The ChargePoint Network has been designed with an open, standards-based architecture. Drivers who are members of other charging systems will be able to use their authorization smart cards at any ChargePoint networked charging station just like they can roam between cell phone networks.
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).
Networking Capabilities and Benefits
ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations provide unique benefits when compared to non-networked charging stations. Those benefits include:
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