BMW i Ventures, the investment arm of BMW, just made an investment in EV Charging Stations maker Coulomb Technologies.
Coulomb Technologies’s ChargePoint is the largest online global charging network, connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations in more than 14 countries. 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.
“We are delighted to have one of the world’s premier automakers join our investor team,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of Coulomb. “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.
Not wanting to be left behind by Mercedes-Benz, and fearing Tesla’s new Series-3 competitor and Toyota/Subaru’s Scion FR-S, BMW is accelerating its foray into the EV market after a dismal start. It recently announced the expansion of a partnership with Toyota, to provide Toyota with its world-class diesel engine technology in exchange for Toyota’s hybrid technology.