SAN JOSE, CA --- Coulomb Technologies announced the first availability of the ChargePoint Network for plug-in vehicle owners.

The ChargePoint Network is designed to provide drivers of plug-in vehicles convenient, affordable, and safe access to public charging. Subscribers can sign up for options to fit their lifestyle, including a limited-time "Basic Access" subscription plan, which includes free charging through 2009.

Consumers subscribe to the ChargePoint Network and receive a ChargePoint Smart Card that allows them to charge their car at any Smartlet charging station nationwide. The first ChargePoint charging stations are now installed and available for charging in downtown San Jose, with many more to roll out in the coming weeks. To locate available charging stations, visit and click "Find Stations."

"2009 is the year of the emergence of smart electric vehicle charging infrastructure," said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies, "and we are thrilled to be part of San Jose's progressive Green Mobility initiative. We value learning from the experience of early adopters of the electric vehicle movement. In anticipation of the rollout of a nationwide network of charging stations, we encourage people to visit the ChargePoint website, learn about the Coulomb Technologies network of smart charging stations, and provide feedback and suggestions."

"Electric vehicles are a key component of San Jose's Green Vision goals to be the world leader in clean tech innovation and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on foreign oil," added Chuck Reed, mayor of  San Jose. "We are delighted to partner with Coulomb to provide this demonstration charging network and help create the infrastructure to transform the way residents drive."