BMW i Ventures [the electric vehicles bit] today said it was making "a strategic investment" in Coulomb Technologies whose ChargePoint is the largest online global charging network, connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in around 14 countries.

The BMW stake supports the development of infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles.

"BMW i Ventures recognises the importance of a global charging network for electric vehicle drivers," said Ulrich Quay, managing director of BMW i Ventures. "BMW is focused on providing comprehensive services that make the charging of electric vehicles a premium experience."

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BMW i Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Coulomb Technologies

NEW YORK, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BMW i Ventures today announced that it is making a strategic investment in Coulomb Technologies.  Coulomb's ChargePoint is the largest online global charging network, connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in more than 14 countries. The investment by BMW supports the development of infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles. ChargePoint provides the most feature-rich solution for station owners and EV drivers alike, with innovations in software services from mobile applications to vehicle telematics. ChargePoint's charging solutions provide station owners the tools they need to help better manage their charging services, including the ability to locate and reserve stations, set pricing, process payments, track station utilization and energy costs and provide driver support.

"We are delighted to have one of the world's premier automakers join our investor team," said Pat Romano, president and CEO of Coulomb Technologies. "We look forward to working with BMW to expand our global footprint and help support the adoption of electric vehicles worldwide."

"BMW i Ventures recognizes the importance of a global charging network for electric vehicle drivers," said Dr. Ulrich Quay, Managing Director of BMW i Ventures. "BMW is focused on providing comprehensive services that make the charging of BMW electric vehicles a premium experience. ChargePoint is the largest, longest established network with a significantly advanced and mature feature set. This investment will forge a close and strategic relationship as we further our electric mobility offer."

About ChargePoint
ChargePoint is the largest online global charging network connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint offers service plans of cloud-based solutions that handle all driver billing and support. This provides organizations the control and flexibility they need to optimize performance of their electric vehicle charging operations. Open to all charging station manufacturers, stations on ChargePoint are currently dispensing over 577 Megawatt hours of energy each month, with drivers plugging in for more than 3,300 charging sessions per day.  For more information: visit www.chargepoint.com

Original source: BMW