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Coulomb and the White House

November 22nd, 2010

Bob Weed, Copper Development Association Vice President, OEM

By Bob Weed

Last week Coulomb Technologies held a ribbon-cutting ceremony of its first public curbside electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Washington D.C.   That’s good news for the copper industry.

Richard Lowenthal and the Charging Station at the NextEnergy Press Conference

The new stations use copper as a conduit to charge the new EV’s, but even more significant is the amount of copper needed in the production of an average EV car – it’s triple the amount used in the production of traditional internal combustion automobiles.  Copper provides the conductivity needed to promote energy efficiency which is something that Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, wrote about in the White House Blog.  The blog features Coulomb Technologies President and Founder, Richard Lowenthal.

Zoi says that Coulomb Technologies is “making cutting edge stuff” with the manufacturing of its charging stations.  Soon more than 20,000 stations will be in place across the nation. 

Senator Debbie Stabenow exploring the charging station

In October, I met with Richard Lowethal at the Center for Automotive Research Conference, “The Business of Plugging In.”   We spoke about the essential role copper plays in the advancement of the EVs and the Coulomb Technologies charging stations.  According to Richard, there will be about a million plug-in EVs on U.S. roads by 2015.  Although this is a small percentage of the 250 million vehicles on the roads today Richard told me that “People who drive the EVs love them.”  He also says that copper in the EV batteries contributes to the electric vehicles’ power and acceleration which is a selling point for consumers.  According to Richard, “The most critical role for copper in our industry is that it makes high performance electric motors  that in turn makes for a superior vehicle to drive.” 

That’s exciting news for consumers and for the copper industry too.

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