Coulomb Technologies has unveiled the first ChargePoint Network charging station for electric vehicles (EV) that accepts MasterCard PayPass contactless payments.
The two ChargePoint stations, located at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, is a part of the ChargePoint America program and allows EV drivers in the Bay Area to pay for parking and charging their electric cars by simply tapping their PayPass-enabled MasterCard card on a PayPass-equipped reader.
Unveiling of the first ChargePoint station took place at a press conference on Nov. 16 at Pier 27 by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“San Francisco was the first city in the world to install ChargePoint stations for its fleet and city car share program in 2008 and it is once again leading the way with this first installation of the contactless payment system,” said Richard Lowenthal, CEO of Coulomb Technologies.
Coulomb’s ChargePoint stations will continue to accept their proprietary ChargePass contactless payment cards, along with MasterCard PayPass contactless payments. So far, Coulomb has shipped more than 850 of the stations worldwide, and has installations in more than 14 Bay Area cities including San Francisco, San Jose and Walnut Creek.
“San Francisco is committed to making the Bay Area region the center for the EV market and boost our green economy,” said Newsom. “This partnership between Coulomb and MasterCard is another big step forward for Bay Area drivers by providing greater access to EV chargers.”